I Found Passion in a Dumpster

It was my Sophomore year at VCU, and I had just finished watching the documentary, "Beauty is Embarrassing". I felt like a 12-year-old girl cutting her bangs for the first time and was determined to do something drastic. Without much of a plan, I went dumpster diving in the trash collection behind my apartment. Searching for anything that I could use craft with, I collected some cardboard boxes and began to work my magic. Over the next few months, I built a full-body costume and named it, The Galactic Elder. With mixed inspiration from The Dark Crystal and Flash Gordan, I wanted the character to be cheerful and cosmic. Finishing that project gave me an unmeasurable amount of joy and motivated me to continue challenging myself with new projects. 

 

Before creating the Galactic Elder I was settled on becoming an Art Director, but after feeling that passion for the first time, I realized that there were still a lot of different things that I wanted to explore. I chose to apply to the VCU Brandcenter with a concentration in Experience Design. What attracted me to UX was the ever-changing creative process and a never-ending sense of discovery. I had an incredible two years and feel very proud of all of the skills I was able to develop during such a small time. Now that I've finished my schooling, I'm eager to put my skills to work. I'm at the beginning of my professional career, and I'm ready to create some dope sh#t with some dope people.

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