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Inspiring Conversations with Troy Tintiangco of Simplex Minds

Today we’d like to introduce you to Troy Tintiangco. 

Hi Troy, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Simplex Minds started as just a “word” I was obsessed with, simplex. A combination word of both simple and complex. Two words on opposite sides of the spectrum intertwine and mingle with each other consistently. To me, simplex simply meant to make the complex look simple. This became the ethos of what I tried to aim for in every project I would take on. 

A little about me. I am, at the time of writing this, a 26-year-old creative. I went to CSU, Long Beach, and graduated with a degree in Broadcast Production in 2017. The next few years were spent freelancing as a videographer/video editor. Getting jobs were difficult. My skills weren’t up to par and I was throwing myself into the deep end. I tried my best with every project, but to be honest I just didn’t know what I was doing. I made some good connections out there, but as time went on the number of opportunities I was getting was dwindling. 

I picked up a job as a school portrait photographer and also picked up a second job in the foodservice industry. I was in Long Beach to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, but I no longer had the time to try and get back out there. I was barely making enough money to pay all of my bills and live comfortably. After a lot of time trying to figure out what I should do, I decided to go back home to San Diego. Then the pandemic hit. 

The first year of the pandemic was rough, but in this time of pause, I decided to relook at that word that has been with me for years now, simplex. I always had the idea of turning simplex into a brand. But it just didn’t feel right to. I wasn’t making the complex look simple. I was just trying. 

That triggered a shift in my mindset. Simplex isn’t about me, but about everyone else out there that is making the complex look simple. You can’t make the complex look simple if you don’t know what the complex even is. I then decided to build Simplex Minds. A blog dedicated to breaking down and learning from creatives who are making the complex look simple. 

From there, I decided to bring a few friends onto the project with me (Mia, Carissa, and Ricky). All young creatives are at the beginning of their careers. Talented ones at that. We decided to just write 5 breakdowns each, we’ll release one per week, and then we have 20 weeks of content for our first inaugural season. No expectations on who will read it or what numbers we want to hit. Just learn and progress. 

Since then, we have added on 4 more creatives (Patrick, Isabella, Avia, and Jocelyn) and kept going. We’re still really young. We are learning as we go and we’ll keep learning as we go. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road from the start has always been unclear. There’s no blueprint for something like this. Simplex Minds started as an idea and it is still being developed. I’m still learning how to adequately describe Simplex Minds to people who ask me about the platform. 

But the journey so far has been fairly smooth. We are in our 2nd season and the content has been consistent. The goals are becoming larger and with that comes bigger obstacles. The road ahead may not be paved, but we are looking forward to creating that path. 

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Simplex Minds is a lifestyle brand for young creatives who aim to make the complex look simple. We are comprised of young creatives with high aspirations in life. We write features on creatives who are making the complex look simple and show the audience why we believe their work is next level. 

We aim to promote process and progression within the creative journey. We push our creators to go for projects they may be scared to attempt and to document that process. We then publish that project with an accompanying piece about the project’s journey. We often only see what worked in processes; what doesn’t work usually gets edited out. We don’t edit our journeys. We want the audience to know that getting to where you want to go is a process and you will mess up, but that’s okay. 

We are just a group of young creatives trying to navigate the space. We give our creatives the freedom to explore and mess up in a space where you usually have to be on top of your game every day. 

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I have been wanting to design/print my own clothes since high school. Even before I decided to commit to Simplex Minds, I was making t-shirt/hoodie designs for simplex simply because I was obsessed with the word. I have probably 300+ designs in the library that I can pull from for inspiration. I’m really looking forward to this next chapter of Simplex Minds. 

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Carissa Salazar
Ricky Legend
Troy Tintiangco

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