Ever since I was a kid I've been lucky to have been encouraged to explore my artistic side - and I knew from an early age that art and creativity made people happy. When the time came for me to pick a career, I had no doubt: I wanted to make people's days better through my art, so I started working in the 3D animation industry. I even ended up at a large tech startup at one point, doing 3D texture mapping for their famous AR lenses.
Despite me leaving the tech company for my dream job of that time at a world-famous feature animation studio, I never forgot what my previous experience was like. It was when I first heard about the term "UX Design" - I was even part of a usability test and had no idea!
During my journey as a 3D artist, I've learned a lot about teamwork and collaboration throughout multiple departments of highly skilled individuals, from companies small to large, startups to long-established. I've become extremely adaptable to change.
Fast-forward to 2021, I had been working from home for almost a year through the pandemic when I heard the news of a layoff. Due to theaters being closed, our movies weren't so profitable. I was devastated to learn I was about to lose my dream job over something completely out of anyone's control. I was already getting tired of my position becoming so niche while a recent software had almost replaced us in multiple small studios, and the few big studio jobs were extremely competitive: over 800 people had applied to that one position I got, and now that it was gone, I knew there would be none open for a while. It was time for a change.
That same day, I signed up for a UX bootcamp. I never thought it would have been possible to make this career shift by finding such a perfect opportunity during a time of a crisis, and I am glad it happened. I became a UX Designer, and I've been in love with the perfect balance between art and science ever since. Being able to be in closer contact with all the people you get to design for has been an extremely humbling experience. It's been an amazing journey so far, I am excited to see where this path will take me next and I am hoping for a good deal of self-improvement on the way.
LIFE AND TRAVEL
Currently living in Los Angeles, CA