We had the good fortune of connecting with Stella Musi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stella, what role has risk played in your life or career?
In Italy we say “Chi non risica non rosica” that I believe translates to “nothing ventured nothing gained”. It’s a concept that was hard to understand when I was younger, I wasn’t really sure what I had to risk. But getting older I found myself in front of a lot of situations that required taking risks and staying true to my vision. The more I grew, the more I had to loose.
At the same time I learned that real growth happens exactly when taking those risks.
It was hard to believe in something that doesn’t exist yet, something that I couldn’t see, but when I am aligned with my vision things always work out for the best.
In my life I took several risks such as changing industries (from Product Design to Graphic Design) at the beginning of my career, moving to Milan, then moving to the US. All of these decisions were really scary at the time and some of them seemed almost impossible, but every single risk was worth taking and I am who I am today because I took those risks.
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 think my strength in Graphic Designer is my experience. I had the luck of working in so many different countries and industries that I feel like I am ready for anything coming my way! I like to say yes to as many opportunities as I can and this gave me a chance to see a lot of different situations, keeping an open mind and a creative soul in the journey!
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.
My 3 best friends came to visit me from Milan a couple years ago and we had the best time! We started with visiting LA. We went to the beach in Malibu, had wine at the Old Place Cornell, went for drinks in Silverlake, rented the swans in Echo Park. Then we drove to the desert and spent a couple nights in a beautiful house in Palm Springs catching some sun at the pool and looking at the stars at night. Lastly we drove up to Ojai and we slept at the Caravan Outpost and visited Topa Mountain Winery. 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 want to dedicate this shoutout to my mom. I know it sounds cheesy, but she gave me my passion for design since I was a child. She is an architect and she would always bring me to see famous buildings or design museums. And most then anything she always rooted for me, and she is always there when I am about to take a risk, helping me in deciding how to move forward and giving me support when I’m anxiously waiting for the results of my decision.