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Pursuing your creative passion w/ Marcella Graham

Updated: Jul 2, 2019

"Be consistent. You can’t be afraid to self promote. Most of my side jobs have started from me inserting myself into conversations and finding a way to make an opportunity. At the end of the day, people will respect you because of your ambition even if they say no."


A little advice from a creative of color who's done just that. Marcella Graham pictured above, always had a passion for the arts. She spent her early childhood in performing arts schools learning sing, act, dance and generally following her creative passions. When it came time to go to college, she wanted something that was both practical and allowed her to flex her creative muscles so she chose to major in marketing. As most have found out, school is very theoretical and generally a bit behind the times which meant that most of what she was learning was mostly old form.


Upon graduating, Marcella decided to take her creative career into her own hands. She immediately enrolled in a three month program in the Adobe Creative Cloud Suit. The skills learned there enabled her to begin freelancing. Not only did she leverage existing freelance platforms but she also used a lot of word of mouth. She found ways to insert herself in conversations and let it be known that she had skills that could be leveraged.


Deciding to differentiate herself, Marcella also travelled to Spain after saving for a year. She then landed herself an internship with at an international travel agency a couple of weeks into her stay in the country where she worked for the next 6 months. Upon her return into to country, she was able to land a senior marketing role at Telecommunications company and has been building upon her career since.


Advice for her younger self?

"I would tell my younger self to not worry about the future and put so much pressure on myself. Things work out in time, so I would tell myself not to rush."


Sources of Creative inspiration?

Pinterest is a must. I also look at art blogs like eyeondesign.aiga.organd koikoikoi.comto find inspiration from other artists.


You can connect with her on her instagram!

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