We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Dinh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think of risk as chance, a factor that contrasts the expected and formulated plans. Risk has played a main role in my life. I chose to pursue my dream of being an artist opposed to following what my family wanted. My family wanted me to choose a stable career but I wanted to do what made me happy. I’m still in the early stages of my career and figuring things out so at the moment so there are many times that my choice seems bleak. Sometimes the unknown is terrifying and sometimes the unknown is adventurous and exciting.
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 am known for my distinctive art style and the themes that I cover in my work. My art style is very intuitive and flat but is fleshed out through color theory and subject matter. I cover themes that are important to me such as equality, identity, empowerment, and so on.
As of now, the majority of my freelance work is editorial art. My work has been featured in magazines, exhibits, and books. I am nowhere near the term established artist but I’m navigating my way towards that title. I personally won’t give myself that title until I become a Children’s Illustrator. I am getting close to my goal.
The most important lesson I learned in my journey is that you’re never done learning. Although I have a BFA in Illustration, I still take art classes to learn new skills as well as sharpen old ones.
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.
If my best friend was visiting the area, I would take her to my favorite spots in Los Angeles. I would first take her to Little Tokyo so we can look at cute things and buy food from Mitsuwa Marketplace to bring with us to either the Getty Musuem or Griffith Observatory. Whenever I go to LA it’s a whole day sort of thing because there’s so much to do. After that we would just explore the city and go with the flow. Sometimes the best days aren’t the ones that are planned out. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank my family while they don’t fully understand my choices, they are supportive. Especially my mom. She has made so many sacrifices in order to give a better life for her children. My dreams exist because she had made it possible. My mom is an amazing person and I’m grateful for everything she does.