I CONSIDER MYSELF A PRETTY POSITIVE PERSON.
When I started studying in 2009 at Yoobee School of Design I quickly realised design was the career for me. It fed my creative beast and has the power to stir up the world around us (well, pretty much). After pouring everything I had into studying, staying determined and focused, I passed my studies with Excellence.
As a graduate I started my career in New York City. My self-drive lead me to working 7 days; at two design internships (at The Orchard and Pod1 (Born Group)), and waitressing to pay rent. After completing my internships I stayed in NYC to grow. I worked as a Junior Graphic Designer at a socially conscious design studio, and then as an in-house designer at record label No Shame (now called Mishu), also at a digital management agency.
I wasn't done with the States yet. After spending 6 months back in Auckland (while freelancing with Portfolio Recruitment) I then moved to Florida where I worked at ad agency ChappellRoberts for two years. I was hungry to succeed and was inspired by the fast-paced, influential, and fulfilling nature of advertising. After a year as a Graphic Designer at ChappellRoberts I was promoted to Art Director.
I also try to focus on 'action' towards sustainability. In my spare time I do what I can to volunteer design for not-for-profits who are making a difference in the world. It's focusing on a positive outcome.
After spending 5 years in the States I'm settled back in Auckland, NZ where my hunger to succeed is rearing like a crazy horse. ("I'm in the gang! What gang? The crazy horses gang of course!") My goal for now is to contribute, no matter how big or small, to the incredible design industry in Auckland. I will continue to focus on the positive things, because why the hell not?
Sustainability and social change
Local design communities
Hiking and national parks
Cooking and bad-ass food
Travel and different cultures
Live music and festivals