We had the good fortune of connecting with Miguel Ayala and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Miguel, what role has risk played in your life or career?
One thing I find important about risks is that people really shouldn’t be afraid to take them. The greatest risks many a time end up giving the greatest rewards later. Going into the design industry is a risk in of itself; this is because trying to make it into this industry is quite difficult to do on your own. Getting a bit of background in marketing and maybe some advertising will help garner an understanding about how chaotic it can be being a designer and how to overcome difficulties that may arise on the journey. For example, before I broke into this industry back in 2012, I gained a unique opportunity to work for a Los Angeles based marketing agency and that helped me immensely in learning how things worked. You need clients and you get those from the people you know and the quality of the work on your portfolio, and of course interviews, blogs, and social media and your overall reputation. I think that understanding this well and using some great strategies to your advantage are how you can be one of the few who make it. At the end of the day, it is indeed terrifying but those who are willing to give it their all and work hard towards bettering their work and their own self as well, which is just as important. These are the ones who will find success and become what they want to become, and in my opinion, have what it takes to be a designer and have what it takes to be recognized as one of the greats.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I do consider myself a creative. My kind of art, however, is more focused on a great look for businesses and a highly branded design overall. What I think sets me apart from other designers or creatives is that I have my own modern style that I think shows in my work but I don’t let it clash with the experience and expertise I’ve gained over the years. Every single design I have ever created or had a hand in creating was properly and thoroughly researched and designed with brand in mind, especially if I helped in developing that brand. Whether or not it’s something like a logo for an online e-commerce store or something more special in the fashion industry like apparel design. My works are typically designs that are simple, impactful, and truly meaningful in that every part of the design was a piece of what I originally envisioned for that project. When people see my designs I want them to see what I saw when I was in the process of bringing something to life. I’m most proud of the portfolio design I came up with and that I have finally developed my own unique style and my own unique brand. As for if it was easy or not, anything worth doing, will definitely be difficult and take time to perfect. Honestly, the only real answer to overcoming challenges that I’ve found is that you gotta stick with it and you gotta get back up when you fail and try again. Successes come from failures and everything is a learning experience. That’s the best advice I can offer, it’s served me well in the past. What I want the world to know about me is that I am a creative, and I am here to create. Let’s make something amazing together!

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?
Definitely Universal Studios. That place is definitely a good time. It’s one of my favorite places to have a good time for a weekend or so in Los Angeles. CityWalk is also a ton of fun and there’s so many shops and places to eat there. After the social distancing and such has subsided, I recommend spending a few days in the area and having a well-deserved good time after it’s safe to do so. I would assure anyone wanting to get an idea of the best LA has to offer is to visit Universal. The rides and the food are so much fun and spending time with the family is nice.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I don’t have any one person to thank in particular. Mostly the only people I want to thank are the great clients I’ve had over the years and wonderful people who follow my work on social media and in turn support the designs. A lot of my successes and projects I attribute to the hard work and dedication I’ve put into it and the teams I’ve worked with at times. Many of things that are mostly worthwhile are done with others on a team I hope to one day have a larger design company and a team of my own to work with and take on larger projects.

Website: https://www.miguelsdesigns.com/
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