Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Rebecca Ballesteros and I am a senior at California State University, Northridge. I am an animator currently working with Intersect LA, an on-campus creative strategy organization, where I get more involved with working with startup companies. In my spare time, I love to illustrate and participate in local art shows and community event to display my art and sometimes vend as well.
How did you find your way into design?
I found my way into design through Intersect LA actually. It was formerly known as VISCOM/RADIUS and I had a really good friend working there and I was really interested in developing my art skills and taking them to the next level. I found myself personally interested in design in how it can speak volumes to people and all the technical aspects behind designing.
What has your experience been as an emerging designer?
As an emerging designer and artist, I have been fortunate enough to work with organizations like Intersect LA and an animation start-up company to understand real world problems and how to efficiently carry my craft and hold a standard for myself. I’ve been able to feel more confident in what I do and take more initiative in other projects that interest me. Along the way, the most important thing I have learned is collaboration over competition; obviously everyone is trying to be the best in their field, but I believe in collaborating with people who are successful and who inspire me to be better so I can be better for myself and my craft. And I think that also ties in with the industry because everyone I’ve met in the industry have all worked so hard as well and are genuinely rooting for everyone to be the best they can be as well. I still encounter imposter syndrome and it does affect me emotionally, sometimes to the point where I don’t want to speak up or even go out there and meet new people. The way I overcome it is remember that this is not the most defining point of my life and I am still growing. Everyone is growing and still learning along the way as well, and in thinking this way, I remember to stay grounded and remind myself of all my accomplishments and that it’s all a learning process
What keeps you passionate and inspired about design and creativity?
My passion comes from my upbringing and my roots in my Mexican heritage. Both my parents immigrated here and have worked really hard for my siblings and I to achieve our goals and that motivates me to keep striving in the art world and express myself. I love incorporating my culture in my work in any way to pay homage to my family and to remind myself where I came from.