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Life and Work with Chelsea Jenna

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea Jenna.

Chelsea, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up, I always felt like I would be in the art/design field in some way, shape or form. At a very young age, with my parents working full time, my grandparents babysat me most of the time and wanted to keep my young mind active and engaged. Rather than sitting in front of a television or playing games the computer, they always bought me art supplies and crafts to keep me entertained. We would take many trips a week to Michaels and I’d always be painting, drawing, sculpting in my room for hours.

Throughout middle school and high school, I continued honing in on my creative knack. I never was really great with the math and sciences, to begin with, but I always found myself excelling in English and the artistic electives. My creativity soon began to translate from my hands to the computer and print. During my time in middle school, I joined the yearbook committee and strangely fell in love with the rush of going out and capturing content for our spreads and meeting strict deadlines. I loved it so much I joined for a second year and served as chief layout editor. With my class and team, collectively, it was always so rewarding to finally have our work be seen and shared with the public after months and months of working so hard.

It wasn’t until high school when I realized I truly wanted to go into graphic design. I took a computer graphics class my junior year and found myself being ahead of the class schedule and feeling enthusiasm when assigned creative projects. In addition to this, I joined the high school yearbook committee again, serving three years of experience and took screen printing as an elective. With all of these classes and experience in vector art, illustration, print, and photography, I knew being in a creative field was something I wanted to pursue with its endless possibilities in opportunities.

I attended community college for three years where I completed my lower division general education courses as well as lower division art classes required for the major and received an AA in Art and Visual Studies. I eventually transferred and was accepted to San Diego State University to complete my higher education and emphasis in graphic design and not to mention, be a second generation Aztec! Although we are highly impacted major, yet small knit bunch, I feel that these past two years during my time at state, I have grown alongside my peers as a designer and have slowly grasped a clearer understanding of my self and my personal brand.

In these past two years, I have had the privilege of interning at weddings and events with Love Your Show Inc. as well as interning at Passion Planner for the past six months. It makes the world of a difference being surrounded by like-minded and talented individuals who all have a common goal of reaching one’s personal aspirations. The support I receive from my teammates have been very uplifting and a positive influence on my personal growth.

With just two months shy of graduation and my senior portfolio exhibition, I am both nervous and eager to begin my new chapter in my life and begin taking the time to create more of what I want and prioritize my own personal projects. I am excited to see where my creativity will take me next!

Has it been a smooth road?
I cannot say that it has been a smooth road, but it hasn’t been too difficult, to say the least, as well. I think the biggest obstacle is self-discovery and finding your own niche and style. Just two years ago, I knew I wanted to do art/design but I had no idea how to define and individualize myself. My advice in overcoming this would be: just create. It doesn’t have to be good, but the more you create, the more you find what you like and what you don’t like. Also, look online for inspiration and save mood boards of what interests you help in this process, the more you research, the more you can look back on and you’ll eventually start seeing a style that may define you. Make a list, find your passions. Once you find what makes you stand out, others will see this and you will attract likeminded individualize in your life with the same interests and goals as you.

Another prominent struggle I had was saying what I am going to do, but not taking action. I am a firm believer in speaking your intentions into existence, but another piece to that is taking action and actually doing it. Last year, I kept finding myself saying “I wanna do this, I wanna do that, I’m planning on doing this,” but end up never getting to it. I definitely think that ways to combat this are by writing everything down and creating deadlines for yourself. Writing actionable steps will help keep you accountable for your goals and help you work toward them because it is written down and not simply in your mind. I have been doing more of this year, especially with senior portfolio deadlines, graduation, and travel plans, it has kept me on track and following my planned out a timeline. It is time to start finding that inner motivation and putting that energy into things you want to see some to fruition.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
A little more about me! My mission is to help clients bring their ideas into reality. I specialize in brand identity, stationery design, illustration, hand-lettering, and wedding invitation sets. With my love for flowers and plants, a lot of my designs incorporate a floral and botanical element to it to define my brand.

I hope and plan to release more of my own stationery and lettering to an online shop in the near future! Be on the lookout.

Who have you been inspired by?
It is hard to pick one woman, in particular, that has inspired me in my life. I feel that there are so many for their own different reasons and don’t want to leave out any names. Overall, I am inspired by all the local small business female CEO that put their heart and soul into their dreams to create a business that they have been envisioning for so long into real life.

I’m inspired by my female peers and co-workers for their individual creativity! It is refreshing to see them pursue their own passions and endeavors and share each others process and progress and pushing one another.

I’m inspired by all the female content creators out there that go out of their way to get the perfect shot for an image or video and the thought process behind it.

I’m inspired by all the female stationery and branding entrepreneurs that create a growing business from the comforts of their own home.

Their motivation, drive, and execution are what makes me want to go out and do just the same!

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