22 Apr Creating Connections: A Word from Graphic Designer Elyn Kazarian
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Words by Elyn Kazarian
For me, pursuing art came at a very early age. I began drawing when I was two years old. I started to learn how to play the piano at five years old. I didn’t know that many years later, I would combine the visual arts and music to create the career I’m pursuing now.
While attending Art Center College of Design, I was planning on being within the Fine Art world after graduation, pursuing a life as a practicing studio painter, but after having experienced an internship at a gallery, I realized it wasn’t my place. There were a number of reasons why I decided not to pursue a career in that world, but it was mostly due to the fact that I saw the art world as an art market. Towards the end of 2012, I began to realize my love for combining the visual arts with music, hence projects like creating album artwork, posters, logo design, etc. Having primarily taken Fine Art courses while I was in the Illustration department, Graphic Design was something I had to grow into and learn on my own. That was my motivation.
I started researching record labels I loved, and began contacting the ones I felt would be a fit for both of our aesthetics. I was also contacting producers and artists I admired as well, hoping they would give me a chance to work together. I don’t know how many emails I sent, and later after graduation in December of 2013, how many postcards I sent out to people. But it was all starting to slowly pay off, and I began getting freelance work through some of the people I had contacted. Since then, I have worked full time at a couple of jobs, and have worked with numerous artists and record labels on a freelance basis, most notably with LA based record labels and collectives TeamSupreme and Soulection.
My hope is that whoever reads this knows that anything is truly possible, no matter how corny that sounds. Never sit around thinking that people will come to you…they won’t. You have to work for what you believe in, for what you love. There will be a lot of people who will want to see you fail, fall, and be defeated. Know that you’re the one in control of your destiny, not them. Know your value, and always stand your ground.