We had the good fortune of connecting with Katrina Chen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katrina, why did you pursue a creative career?
In my last year of undergrad at UCI, I had experienced a few different worlds when it came to careers. I was graduating with a degree in Education, doing field work for a children’s museum, and working part-time as an office assistant for a medical clinic. I had considered pursuing a creative career for my whole life, and it wasn’t until that last year that I decided I might as well go for it. Personally, my faith is the fuel for my creative career; and it was when I felt called to pivot my life that I decided to pursue graphic design.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Getting to where I am now was nowhere easy, and to get to where I want to be will require continued discipline and a humble mindset. I got to where I am now through not just designing, but through communication. Talking to friends and family and reaching out to every designer I admire has allowed me to grow through my craft and learn from exceptionally talented designers. If I were to summarize what I would want the world to know about my story is that I would never be able to get where I am without God. And I’m so excited to be able to continue working towards my goals, wherein I can apply all that I learn and new, innovative designs that can bring a smile to someone’s face.
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.
It truly depends on the person and their preferences, but if it were solely up to me I would start the week off with brunch at Scratch Room and head out to a local park to chill, hang out, and eat the dessert we got on the way. I would want to take the week on with a chill vibe— a day or two to hang out at a local coffee shop (Play Coffee and Golden State Roasters have been my recent go-to’s), a day to do something adventurous in the area (such as an escape room), and another day to explore Los Angeles or go to the Aquarium of the Pacific. For the last day of the week, I would take us to the farmer’s market in Irvine, spend the day chilling at home or at another cafe in the area, go home to cook dinner, and then head out to Seaside Bakery in Newport Beach or M&M Donuts in Anaheim for a late night dessert.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Phil Lee! He’s one of the people who really pushed me to pursue a creative career wholeheartedly. He was in a similar boat— tried different routes, spent time working a 9-to-5, and ended up not being able to see himself working anything other than a creative career. He works incredibly hard in his craft, and his results speak for themselves. (philhlee.com)