We had the good fortune of connecting with Yoojin Seol and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yoojin, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
In the big picture, I hope to positively uplift others along the way. To be more connected, have fun, and make friends. In all the teams I get to work with, it’s my goal to contribute towards a happy, creative environment where we can grow and help each other make awesome work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey started studying Animation at University of Southern California (USC), which led me to motion graphics, where I designed and later art directed at Laundry, to now designing and illustrating in tech. But a recurring challenge has been — what’s next? Or what’s my dream career? Especially now, it’s an exciting time with many emerging areas with art, design, and technology. But it’s also pressuring to know and choose the “right path” as soon as possible. But I’ve come to realize what I wanted to do five years ago is different from what I want to do now — mostly because I didn’t know this work existed back then. And so that “dream job” may not even exist yet. But it’s exciting that we can shape that future too!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Yes welcome to LA! The city sprawls out wide and each neighborhood has its own charm. I love that in LA, you get blue skies, blue sea, and guaranteed good weather most of the time. These days, I’ve been enjoying getting takeout and picnic by the sea. If you don’t have a car — I recommend Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. They both have nice streets with local shops and restaurants, and neither are too crowded. If you have a car — my favorite coast is Palos Verdes! It’s a gem of beautiful elevated ocean views. I usually drive along the coast, and then stop by anywhere (parking is a breeze). Any parks or beaches in Palos Verdes are great for social distanced walks and picnics. Great Asian food in the south bay area as well. I love that LA is a diverse foodie city too!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes! I’m truly thankful for the friends, far and close, who we could support and cheer each other up. They have colored my journey with so much fun and meaning. It’s been a joy to inspire and hype each others’ passion projects, and to see ourselves growing. We don’t have to be lone artists. As a Christian artist, definitely shoutout to God. God is the original designer. He made me in his image — with purpose and hope. He’s absolutely kind and loving. That keeps me going.