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Conversations with Sasha Marshall

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sasha Marshall.  

Hi Sasha, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I moved to San Diego in 2018, fresh out of school the year prior, and many things in my life were unplanned. I was going to community college at SDCCD, shooting for an associate’s degree in biology to transfer, things were tough between working to support myself and do well in school, but everything changed when the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic hit. So, I was let go of my job and chose to move home with my parents to the Bay Area. There I pivoted, leaning into a studio art degree, hoping to build a career in design and arts. During this time, I finished my degree and looked to transfer elsewhere to finish my bachelor’s. While searching for schools, I also looked at perspective jobs in the field. My research showed that for the price of college tuition and living costs, I would have to put myself in tens of thousands of dollars in debt just to potentially land myself a job that wouldn’t be able to pay that debt off. 

At this point, I decided to go on my own, building an illustration and web design portfolio to freelance my skills in web design to help build websites for other small businesses in San Diego and elsewhere. I am still building a client base and amassing more skills, but I am genuinely optimistic for the future and look forward to working to help others succeed and representing women in tech. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The biggest challenge that I have faced is uncertainty. I often struggle with whether or not something will work out, which weighs on me heavily. However, life always comes with challenges, and I work to accept the ones that come my way and strive toward solutions to create better outcomes. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Right now, I am doubling as a full-stack web developer and an illustrator. Currently, I am primarily focused on web design and building a web application to help digital creatives create palettes in a unique way. In my downtime, I illustrate and paint, keeping my color theory and design principles sharp, so I can better implement them in my web design. 

I can’t think of a particular project that I am most proud of, but I would say that I am proud of my sense of drive, resilience, and perseverance. I fall often, but I am always ready to get back up and try again, which I think sets me apart from others. 

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success is an interesting word because I feel like often people define it as a singular point to strive and obtain, like some kind of pinnacle of absoluteness. I view it differently where little things can be a success, it shows that you are making yourself more successful. So, for example, something even as small as making a single sale, learning a new skill, or having a successful networking get-together can be viewed as success. 

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