I'm Brand Marketing Manager at VSCO.
Who's the most interesting person you've worked with?
Wayne Wu - Chief Experience Officer at VSCO in our NYC office. He's a creative genius, but somehow stays super humble and chill.
How has where you grew up impacted your style?
I grew up in the East Village of NYC and it has absolutely affected my personal style! I grew up with a lot of hip hop influences, but over time my wild style has refined and grown up a lot. But still playful and ALWAYS comfortable.
When it comes to your personal style, how do you decide what new things to embrace?
These days I usually gravitate towards new things that are practical and (usually) quite simple. I don't have much room in my apartment for crazy looking pieces that I'll only wear once.
Can you think of an artist that when you learned about them you were in awe?
One of the first times was seeing Chuck Close's art when I was a kid. I was so amazed by the talent, vision, and dedication this man had despite his disabilities - and I loved how many of his paintings are both photorealistic and abstract depending on how you look at them.
Tell us about a time you visited a new place and were inspired.
I went to the Amalfi coast of Italy with my parents last year and really fell in love with the sights, sounds, the pizza... It's a special place with so much rich history.
What's something you disliked at first, but now are into?
Eggplant. Hated it at first taste as a kid and swore to never eat it again... A few years later I had it breaded with marinara sauce and cheese and I was hooked. Front Street Pizza in DUMBO makes a great eggplant pinwheel.
Do you have any advise for a young creator trying to get their foot in the door?
Meet people with a genuine curiosity to learn about them, rather than talking about yourself and trying to figure out how you can leverage the relationship. Just spend the time making a new friend and learning about how someone else sees the world, and chances are it will work out for you in the long run... Every amazing connection that has come my way was a stroke of pure luck. Sometimes the right people show up at the right time, sometimes good friends that you just respect as humans end up paving the way in your professional world somehow when you least expect it. And then it's up to you to work hard enough to deserve the fortunate opportunities that come your way.
If anyone dead or alive could paint a portrait of you who would it be?
I'd want to be in a tropical painting by Henri Rousseau, and there would have to be a lion or tiger in there too.