UO Interviews: Not Your Average CEO

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On Wednesday, June 6th, Space15Twenty and WhutWeShare are hosting Not Your Average CEO, a post-grad discussion and workshop for creative entrepreneurs. Leading up to the event, our panelists gave us a little preview on who they are and the type of advice they recommend to young creatives.

Stella Simona
 
Who are you?
Im a mother, wife, and entrepreneur based out of Los Angeles, CA. 
 
What do you do?
I am a jewelry designer and blogger.
 
What is your advice to young creatives?
Stay focused. Follow your intuition. Remember good things take time and always remember to invest a lot of time researching the ins and outs of what you do and best ways for you to do it. 
 
Ali Heiss
 
Who are you?
I’m a jewelry designer and entrepreneur.
 
What do you do? 
Whatever is necessary to get the product to market.
 
What is your advice to young creatives?
Keep it simple and focus. This can be harder than it seems.
 
Dewey Saunders
 
Who are you? 
My name is Dewey Bryan Saunders.
 
What do you do?
Graphic Design, Collage and Creative Direction
 
What is your advice to young creatives?
This is advice from Sister Corita Kent that is important:
Rule six: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.
 
Bianca Li Channer + Martika Gregory
 
Who are you? 
NONTRAST was founded by Martika Gregory and Bianca Li Channer. As a set and product design studio — which we call our exploratory — we look to dissect ideas and push concepts through research and experimentation in all of our works. We have a unique sisterhood of contrast that allows us to push and pull off each other and it really helps us grow as women and creatives; our work lands right in the middle of those perspectives. We believe there's opportunity in differences and we try to embrace anomaly and elements of surprise in our work.
 
What do you do?
A set and product design exploratory.
 
What is your advice to young creatives?
You just need to do it. That idea you have, start it. Discuss it. Break your own rules, check your values. Build up ‘sweat equity’ — a lot of the work you do in the beginning will inform projects in the future, everything carries over. There’s always a return on that work in the long run. Being a professional creative is a long run in itself. Be detail-oriented. Build out a realistic system that will hit your targets and adjust when necessary. Be good to your community and kind to yourself. Get an accountant. Have fun.
 
Mario Kristian
 
Who are you?
I'm a director, producer, and photographer. 
 
What do you do?
I tell stories, some business some personal. 
 
What is your advice to young creatives?
Don't be so anxious to be the star player. Find the best person in your field and learn why they’re the best. Study them for free, assist them for free, watch their dog or cat for free, send them thank you cards, lastly always be a pleasure to work with. If people LIKE you, they'll help you. However this only works if your heart is pure and genuine. 
 
Photos of Stella + Ali, Dewey, and Mario by @tylradams.
 
Photo of Bianca + Martika by @jaywills.co.