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

Hi Camille, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I think being consistent and being open to trying and learning new things has helped me succeed. There is nothing wrong with not knowing everything, no one expects you to, it’s good to practice patience and remind yourself over time that the knowledge will come and benefit you soon! Another habit I’ve developed is reminding myself that everyone is on a different path and it’s how you forge your own that helps you succeed, taking your time and taking breaks is always important as well!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started my artistic journey when I was about 7 years old. My second-grade teacher and my parents saw I had a talent for drawing, ever since then I went to a painting academy and then a magnet middle school to continue practicing my visual arts skills. I soon went to Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) in Miami to study more about art and design. During my high school years, I concentrated on fashion design and my senior project is what I am most proud of to this day. I designed 5 looks based on Miami nightlife and it was shown, along with my peer’s projects, on the Miami Fashion Week Runway! I soon came to Drexel to continue fashion design but around sophomore year I realized I wanted to do more in visual arts and switched to graphic design where I truly found my passion for combining my artistic talent and creative direction. I learned that sometimes it’s ok to not know what the future holds, and I am glad I made the switch, since then I have learned so much more about the design world and have gotten so many opportunities from it! In my first Co-op at Drexel, I was the Art Director of Marketing & Media at the Pennoni Honors College and have really developed my portfolio since then! I am now the VP & Creative Director of Philly Creators where we bring live entertainment to the city of Philadelphia with local artists! I run the social media and mostly all the graphics you see, I even created the logo which is another project I am proud of. On the side I also have a passion for dancing, I first started doing hip-hop freestyles and then learned more about dance once I got to college! I got to first officially backup dance at Drexel’s Dragonfly when Philly Creators was opening for Flo Rida! I danced for two of our artists, Amara J (choreographed by Camryn Honesty) & JJH (choreographed by me). I also got the chance to go on stage with Flo Rida and other girls for his hit song “Low” and it was a surreal moment! I now also backup dance for Don Cuba thanks to my talented friend Paige who gave me the opportunity to become a part of the team. We danced at the AOX Derby event as well as, Concilio Philly’s Latin Festival and it was so much fun! The main lesson I have learned so far is to not forget about how to enjoy what you are doing. Sometimes we get stressed and overwhelmed but I have to remind myself that sometimes I just have to have fun with my projects and not overthink it!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being born and raised in Miami, Philadelphia was a huge change for me but I loved exploring it and still am exploring while I’m here! My favorite place in Philly is the Philadelphia Art Museum. There is just so much to explore in there and I’m always in awe every time I step foot in it or am just standing outside the Rocky steps! I think my other favorite spots in the city would have to be city hall for its grand architecture, Penns landing for the nice “by the water” vibes, and Chinatown. Philly has a lot of good spots for eating, I really love Sabrina’s cafe for brunch on Drexel’s campus! I am constantly discovering new places to eat so I’m not sure I have a favorite place yet. However, back home I always go back to my favorite spots such as south pointe beach, Wynwood, the design district, and La Careta as my favorite Cuban breakfast spot.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shout out my parents & family for always being so supportive of me being in the artistic field and for making it possible to pursue my dreams in school in Philadelphia! I would like to shout out my boyfriend who has been with me through the ups & downs of (sometimes) stressful college work and my “Philly Creators” fam, Martin, JJH, & Liam for making my role possible and always having my back!

Instagram: @cami.v_18

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/camille-velasquez-a47a091b5

Other: Instagram Art Account: @camillexart

Image Credits
Sanai Parker Cade Ace Katrina Celine

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