Tell me about yourself.
GG: My name is Girelis Guzman and I am 24 years old. I live in the Bronx, New York and I am a Visual Merchandiser at GAP by day and a Graphic Designer at night.
How long have you been graphic designing?
GG: I officially started freelancing in 2014.
What would you say is the hardest part about being a graphic designer?
GG: The hardest part about being a graphic designer is combining my personal design style, with the style of my client. Sometimes, a client may want something on the design that you don't necessarily agree with, but it's important to execute exactly what they want, because at the end of the day it's what they're paying for. In a situation like that, what I do is offer multiple suggestions with and without my personal design elements.
What's the best career or fashion advice you've ever received?
GG: The best career advice I've ever received was "If you want something go and get it." I received this advice from my manager when I started working as a sales associate at GAP in 2011. This quote resonates with me because I believe if you truly want something and work hard for it the universe will always find a way to compensate you for your dedication. In that case, the desire will be yours if you truly seek it. Sometimes it takes more time than anticipated but as long as you stay focused it'll come to you.
How would you describe your sense of style?
GG: I would describe my sense of style as comfortable, urban, tomboyish, effortless and casual. I usually wear basic or neutral colors and denim.
Would you say that you've always had a TomboyChic sense of style? Or did your style develop over time?
GG: I believe I've always had a TomboyChic sense of style but it has also developed over time. I've always had a thing for oversized clothing because I am the youngest of four sisters which means I had a closet full of hand me downs. I was able to play around with different articles of clothing to create a look that was true to me regardless of whether the clothes were handed down to me. I also owned a lot of sneakers in middle school and high school so just imagine that combination. As I got older I was able to buy my own clothing so I started wearing more things that were feminine and girly. After a while I just liked being comfortable and started shopping in the men's section a lot. Working at the GAP also has developed my style because it has taught me the importance and versatility of basic pieces.
Walk us through your getting ready process. How do you decide what to wear for the day?
GG: My entire outfit is based on a single article of clothing, whichever speaks to me that day lol. Sometimes I just look into my closet and pick whatever, which eight times out of ten is some form of denim. Any other day, it starts with pants, then I move onto t-shirt, button down or sweater, then outerwear, footwear is usually last. After the foundation of the outfit is decided, I get into color combinations and layering. I always feel like I dress better when I don't really have to think about it and just do it.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
GG: In five years I see myself working as a Graphic Designer full time. My current occupation allows me to be creative. However, I'd like to funnel that creativity into designing 24/7.
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