Creators Of The Month: November

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Creators Of The Month: November

November’s theme for Creator of the Month was Light. We scouted out some of the best artwork uploaded to daisie throughout the month and got in touch with the people behind the images, to learn their stories and find out more about their work.

@ shae

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a New York City based tour manager and content creator. I manage marketing and publicity for multiple Broadway tours, including RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Hello, Dolly!, Kinky Boots and Elf the Musical.

How did you get into the industry?

I broke into the industry at 17 and secured four internships before landing my first job at People Magazine, working in their digital/OTT division.

What’s your favourite thing about daisie?

I’ve been using daisie for three months and my favourite thing about it is interacting with other creators from all over the world.

@WhimsicalDesignsByCJ

Who are you?

I am a self-taught professional illustrator and 2019 will mark my 7th year! Everything about me is defined by my unyielding desire to create art that sheds light on the very diverse world in which we live. I am also a teacher and student, so I find that I love sharing what I know and learning from those around me.

What do you do?

I do several things: I publish children’s books, I illustrate children’s books, and I currently tutor while finishing up my Masters. My love for art started with my desire to create illustrations that explained difficult school subjects. After several years of creating, I took the leap of faith and opened up my illustration/publishing company Whimsical Designs by CJ, LLC. So now, my day-to-day consists of illustrating books, connecting with writers and other artists, tutoring and finishing up my Masters in Science Education.

What’s your favourite thing about daisie?

I love how the app allows me to show the process of the projects I am working on.

How did you get into the industry?

Through education and social media. I was honoured to be able to illustrate a book for the principal at the school I worked at. Once I shared it on social media, I started getting contacted to do more children’s books. Before I knew it, I had full blown business that I allowed me to connect with so many people.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

Seeing the books I illustrated being read and enjoyed by kids. In addition to that, I love networking with other creatives.

What do you think is the biggest problem you face being a creator?

The biggest problem I face is getting out of my own head. I usually have a million ideas a day of things I could do, but sometimes fear will creep in and stop me from doing them. As a creator, you naturally have ideas you want to see made into reality and sometimes we feel that we don’t have all the necessary pieces to make that happen. I have to remind myself constantly to just do it! Forgo perfection and the misconception that the plan has to be laid out from beginning to end. daisie is the perfect app for not just showing the finished creation, but the ugly process that was often behind it (which can often be beautiful to see).

@ rachaelwalkedintoa

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Rachael, and professionally, I currently work at a climbing gym and am returning to school. Creatively, I enjoy writing and photography.

How do you use daisie?

I use daisie as a platform for photography, to showcase the photos I take. I’ve been practicing editing as well so it’s a good place to share work and get feedback on editing technique.

What do you think is the biggest problem you face being a creator?

Finding the time to balance my creative endeavours with the rest of my life (work, relationships, etc). I find myself just going through the routine of working, coming home, and putting everything off until the next day, and then at some point you realise you’re running out of tomorrows. It’s all about being more disciplined, which is something I more actively try to improve upon.

@bricesylvain

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Brice Sylvain, an independent fashion photographer & filmmaker based in the South of France. I mainly work with fashion and beauty brands. If I’m not working, I collaborate with models to build my portfolio.

What’s your favourite thing about daisie ?

The fact that it’s different. The chain system is very cool. We are not looking for subscribers or likes, we are looking for connections between creators.

How did you get into the industry ?

I studied in a cinema school to get some contacts. After two years of studying I got my very first portfolio and started to work with local brands and “influencers.”

What do you think is the biggest problem you face being creator ?

When I started working, the biggest problem I faced is people thinking creation is just a “passion” they can get for free. It took a long time to get my first serious contract.

What inspires you?

Simple things in life inspire me. I’m totally fan of the movie “The Tree Of Life” directed by Terrence Malick and “La Vie d’Adèle (Blue is the warmest color)” by Abdellatif Kechiche.

What are you working on at the moment ?

I’m working on my very first advertising campaign for a french company.

Do you have any other creative interests ?

One of my goals is to be a movie director.

@ jdshotyou

Who are you and what do you do?

Hi, I’m Jamie Drew and I’m a music photographer of sorts.

How did you get into the industry?

Going straight to the source of my interests and shooting.

What do you think is the biggest problem you face being a creator?

Self doubt, wanting to be as good as such and such, the balance of time to improve/create vs the balance of time growing the business and making the income.

What are you working on at the moment?

For now I assist on DJ Semtex’s WhoWeBeTalks Spotify Podcast, shooting behind the scenes on interviews with people such as French Montana & other current big artists. We go straight to the creatives and ask about that process, not whatever the headline of the week is.

What’s your favourite thing about the industry?

The few times you find yourself in the exact places that made you want to get in the industry, an example being I was a big blog era rap nerd & eventually I shot a J Cole gig and those shots were shared by Elliot Wilson…you couldn’t talk to me that day.

Do you have any other creative interests?

I studied drama at school and there’s many areas I’d want to learn and jump into like Film/Documentaries/Music Videos, I just don’t know where to start with learning, then practicing and still do whatever else I’m up to.

@samanthampace

Who are you?

My name is Samantha Pace and I am a Philadelphia based artist. I attended West Chester University where I received my BFA with a concentration in painting and drawing and a minor degree in Art History.

What do you do?

I am a freelance artist specializing in multimedia paintings.

How long have you been on daisie?

I have been on daisie for the past 4 months. I downloaded the app as soon as I woke up on launch day!

What’s your favourite thing about daisie?

My favourite thing about daisie is having a space where I can express myself and easily connect with other artists around the world. daisie allows for great exposure and networking opportunities which are two necessities in creative professions. I have also made connections with other artists whom I may never have known without daisie.

What do you think is the biggest problem you face being a creator?

I would have to say the biggest problem I face with being a creator is lack of stable financial opportunities. I get to do what I love which is great, but it’s a never ending battle to be successful in this field.

What inspires you?

I am very inspired by humans and our nature. The human figure, emotions, growth, life and death, mental illness, sexuality, and more. All of these things intrigue me and find ways into my work. I am also heavily inspired by colour. My colour palette is the first decision I make for every painting.

What are you working on at the moment?

At this moment I am working on a new series of portrait paintings. The main themes surrounding the paintings are women and choices. One of these paintings will be featured on February 7th in the West Chester University Alumni Show: Inside the Bug Jar.

Do you have any other creative interests?

I really enjoy writing poetry, especially when I’m feeling anxious. It helps me express myself and is something I can do easily if I don’t have access to my art supplies. I would love to try designing clothes at some point in my life as well.

Next month’s theme for our COTM blog post is Colour. We’re on the look out for creators that use colour effectively to convey a message.

If you want to pick the theme for January’s COTM, head to the daisie forum here and let us know what you’d like to see!