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Meet Trailblazer Anna Kadychkina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Kadychkina.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Anna. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Since I was a kid, I was very passionate about art. I had attended all the art classes at my school and at the same time had been studying fortepiano at music school for seven years. After I finished school, I spent six years studying design, art, and photography at the University of Art, and then started my career as a commercial designer.

That time I would spend every winter in India, traveling around and ones even crossed the country by trains with the only backpack. My travels brought me to remote islands far away in the middle of the Indian ocean. I was inspired by local people who cared so much about their environment, protecting it and changing things around for a better and healthier living. For example, they didn’t use plastic bags at the time I was there and it was 2011.

When I moved to California, I continued my path as a designer and dived deeper into photography still staying in connection with the ocean and nature itself. I have always been into sports and healthy eating. I have been a vegan for most of my life and I love my food to be both healthy and tasty. As a vegan, you always have to be on guard for your nutrition, but the efforts are definitely paid off. I cook a lot at home and I like experimenting with different ingredients and flavors.

Environmental care has always been a big part of my life. That’s why I started the Palma – eco-friendly dinnerware brand. It’s important to educate more and more people about new healthy and eco-friendly options. We all know how important it is to take care of our planet. It’s not too late and even if we do a small step, it will grow up in something big. I believe that we can make it can support our planet together.

Great, 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?
I started my career in commercial design when I was pretty young. It was hard in the beginning to build relationships with my clients, some would feel like I am too young for the job. So I had to work on the self-confidence to be strong and prove that I can do it. Some people like what you do, some don’t. All you need is just to remember your goals, develop your style and make sure to deliver it in your own unique way. I think a lot of the people in the art industry feel that. Success comes when you find something you truly love, then the universe will start to support you.

Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
I specialize mostly in interior design, but in fact, I do any kind of design, it depends on the task. The same about photography – I do lifestyle, interior/architectural and product photography, and when we travel with my family, for example, I do a lot of outdoor and drone photography too.

I work closely with designers and architects to help them represent their ideas and projects in the digital world. And on the other side, I have clients who want some specific wall art for their houses, so I work closely with the clients to find their needs and then take these specific pictures and print them on different surfaces, transferring their ideas to the real world. I like working with big formats because it’s pretty challenging and worth time and effort.

I feel like I just love beautiful things, no matter what it is, it’s all about shapes, forms, colors, composition, etc. That’s why I admire design and photography. I would call it a digital artist or visual content creator. As an entrepreneur, you kind of has to be multitool since a lot of steps are involved in the process. Things like brand identity, product photography, website design, and development – I was able to cut these expenses by doing it myself and investing my time not the money.

As I mentioned before, I started my brand of Palm Leaf Plates, it’s a green alternative to plastic or paper dinnerware made from fallen palm leaves. I’m very proud of this brand, it’s so simple and so great. Palma is just the beginning, I am working on some other ideas. All of them vegan, eco-friendly and cruelty-free products. I love to learn and it helps me a lot. I have to complete a lot of different tasks during my day and I truly love it. My knowledge and skills plus a passion for environment care help me with my career as an entrepreneur.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Well, today we are surrounded by information. You can learn anything online, on YouTube for example. So many e-books are out there as well as online courses and free lessons from the best gurus in any industry.

Even though it can be overwhelming, the information is out there and anybody can access it. Work on time management, stick with your idea and dig for the answers.

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