We had the good fortune of connecting with Jam Dong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jam, what do you attribute your success to?
I think the most important factor behind the success of my brand is that I always stay true, have fun, and enjoy the process.
All my works no matter illustrations or products, I have so much fun making them! I like bright colors and dramatic shapes. I get inspiration from nature and I enjoy adding a sense of humor into my works. All those elements delight my day. I believe my customers could also perceive that joy and positive energy from my arts.
I used to be wondering if I should change myself to be more fit into the market, but it didn’t work out. I lost myself as well as the happiness of illustrating. So, from then, I realize that only being yourself could let you stand out and make a unique voice.
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.
The thing that set me apart from others is that I could perceive and present a story in a unique way visually and conceptually. I would catch the idea that excites me and strengthen it through my work. I feel interest also matters. For example, I like nature a lot, especially biology. I spend a lot of time observing insects and plants, watching documentaries, and dig deep into their world. Those experiences and knowledge provide me with more details to apply to the story and make the final arts much more interesting.
It was never easy! It occupies most of my life and energy. But just like I mentioned before, when it is driven by passion, you’ll know you are doing the right thing.
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.
I’ll bring them to the botanical garden at Drill Hill Park then have a picnic on the grass. I would also have a walk with them along the harbor with a cup of affogato (vanilla flavor)!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My partner, who always has faith in me for being successful and supports me all the time. Without their encouragement, I would never be the one I am.
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