We had the good fortune of connecting with Andre Cadiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andre, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
When I first started Minti, I had only been living in America for 2 years and had just quit my stable 9-5 job. “Freelancing will be a piece of cake” I thought to myself at the time. I assumed that if I put my work out into the world, clients would flock to my door with plenty of handsomely paying projects. One week into my new business, reality hit me like a brick. Where were all of my new clients? Why hasn’t anyone asked me to design for their cool new project? My rent was due in 3 weeks, and I realized success wasn’t something to be waiting on, it’s to be created. The first step was to reach out. I started spending all day sending my work out to any contact I could get my hands on. Lo and behold, I started getting responses after showing my designs. I believed there was a market for my style of designs and I gave it all I got and showed others. I had learned with this experience that taking initiative was the only way I was going to harbor success for my business.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Minti’s signature style is very cute, and very colorful. Having grown up overseas, I was often in stereotypically hyper-masculine environments. It wasn’t until I moved to the states that I became more comfortable being authentically myself and expressing that part of my personality through design. I was very self conscious about it at first, but as I dove more into developing my cute and colorful style, the more comfortable and confident I felt! I realized that in order to grow and build confidence, I had to put my authentic work out into the world, even if I was uncomfortable or insecure doing so.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some of my favorites! Trying to include spots you wouldn’t typically hear of, forgive me if I leave out anything special.
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ART:

– Superchief Gallery
– Think Tank
– Avenue Des Arts

MUSIC:

– 1720, DTLA: The sickest warehouse music-venue in the outskirts of DTLA.

FOOD:

– Jazz Cat Shabu Shabu, City of Industry: Life changing, trust me!!!! (Not in central LA, but still in LA County)

– Factory Tea Bar, Alhambra: Delicious boba drinks and great snacks.

– Lady Byrd Cafe, Silverlake: Very cute outdoor cafe with delicious food and drinks!

– Yellow House Cafe, Koreatown: Bomb Korean food!

– Zankou Chicken: Fire, fast, locations everywhere.

– Thank You Coffee: Try their Hojicha latte!!!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shoutout my design mentor and cousin, Maca Cadiz! Maca was my design drill-sergeant when I was young, and played a big part in helping me develop my skills to help me become industry-ready.

Website: www.minticreative.com

Instagram: @mintidesign

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