Hi Renata! When did you felt crush on creativity for the first time?
Aloha! Think, I was always passionate about creativity, just newer knew exactly which one. I had a crush to interior design since I was in a hight school. And now… I still can’t point only one subject, as it’s a blend/mix of subjects I have knowledge & passion to.
How would you call that mix?
I blend/mix my knowledge and passions to graphic design, interior design, decor objects and styling. I create my own line of inspiring decorative objects at this moment, & I mix decor by other people/brands while creating tasteful interiors for my projects. Whatever I do, I try to keep in touch with interior design, decor and graphics, because these are my natural passions. I’m not sure is it just me, but I think people and professions are more interdisciplinary nowadays.
Did your studies was related to what you are doing now?
Yes and no. I always felt that I would like to be somewhere in between a few professions/roles. I wanted to study journalism, mathematics, hairdressing, I was into psychology, interior design & even wanted to become a singer when I was a teenager… But I lost understanding of math when my teacher changed at school. For hairdressing and psychology I needed higher mark in fields of chemistry & math. For being a singer I needed to have a proper voice, while I’m better in writing than speaking or even singing. I did not choose journalism as I just can’t force myself do what I’m not fully into & it has many things I didn’t agree with. I wasn’t familiar with life coaches, influencers & etc at the time I had to choose what to study. Not sure if they even existed yet(?) “YouTube” was just to be found at that time, you know… In a final result, instead of my passion to interior design I picked multimedia studies.
But I am happy, because all of my passions and circumstances lead me to who and where I am now. Many subjects are still my passion so I learned how to apply strengths and knowledge of each passion I have & now I blend/mix all of them into my work and life.
In retrospect would you choose degree or practice? What, you think, is the best path to your profession?
I had a studies, where we had plenty of practice & I liked it, however, most colleges/universities will not teach you a real-life experience. Good that nowadays people share their personal real-life experiences. But to be true, we shouldn’t be afraid to follow our passions, try & fail, learn, improve & go forward. I had wasted so much time just because I was too afraid to start with what I already had, thinking I must be better or do something before I could follow my gut. The fact is that we shouldn’t be afraid to follow our passions, try, fail & go forward. We already have a power inside of us, so all we need to do is to show it – be ourselves as we truly are. No-one is 100% same as you and it’s your super-power! Go with that & improve with time.
If you weren’t in your profession, what would you do?
As I said previously, I wanted to study architecture yeaaaaars ago & I blamed myself that I wasn’t brave enough when university informed me that it’s ±60 people to 1 seat/space and so I picked other program because I had no preparation for such an entrance examination (except just my passion for interiors). However, I’m not ashamed anymore that I finished graphic & multimedia design studies only, instead of going to interior styling too, because 1 – things you can learn by yourself these days & 2 -degree on a CV don’t meter much these days. Natural skills & passions are far above. Many people even present themselves as pros in maaaany subjects with fake degrees and portfolios with other peoples’ work, thinking this will lead them to better future (position at work/project/more money/etc.). But the fact is that you can’t fake passion & style – either you have it or not.
I even tryed to change my character. I thought being truthful & shy don’t bring any goodness & I blamed myself, because I can’t fake. And yet, I was so wrong thinking this. Everyone is unique. We’re what we truly are (our character, passions, thinking) & we attract things/events/people/etc of what we are. That is our super-power that no-one can’t take from us! Others might copy, but they shall be tired doing this because they shall never be as the original. And so, I’m proud to be shy and honest, & I found this as positive (not a negative adjective as before).
I always try to find a way how to implement things I love in my work & life, but if I had a chance to change anything, I wouldn’t be wasting so much time thinking I’m not good enough to start.
Do you think creativity is in genes? What did your family do for a living? How big of a role did that play in your life?
Not sure. Maybe. Well, in my case, my father used to draw and mother works in children’s day nursery. I didn’t knew my father much as I grew up with mother, and she allowed me to choose what I really want. She was my companion when I was choosing where to study and all I needed to do is to point the direction. Sure, she advised me of what she knew, but apart from that it was always me who needed to make a decision. It toked me plenty of time to find my right path, but I’m really grateful for that freedom to find myself!
Inspiration, career & future
What moves you most in life, either to inspire or upset you?
Hmm.. I think inspiration, in general, when you’re passionate about other people’s works and when others says how much they like what you do.
And I’m upset mostly because of my own expectations – either that other people or myself don’t fulfill it.
What names inspires you now the most and why/how?
I don’t really have an idol. There are so many inspirational people, who dare to seek for their passions. I think biggest inspiration for me is my husband, because he reminds me that we must reach for our life goals and no one else will do all the work for us, except us, and kicks my ass when I’m lazy :D.
Where do you want to go with your career? What do you have in the pipeline now?
I have a few goals, such my own line of decorative objects that shall inspire people, but I rather speak more after this become reality ;).
If people feel related to me (at one point or another), they can check my social media accounts. Website? I’m not very good at programming so it’s still on it’s way.
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