Bio The path that led her to this point
My parents have run a creative business together for over 30 years, and being raised in a creative family is the reason I started to take art classes in second grade.
I continued taking art classes and for high school I was accepted into the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). I went to my normal high school for half of each day and NOCCA for the other half to study visual arts.
During my time at NOCCA I realised that I could not see myself as a fine artist, and found that I was very organised and systematic while working on projects. We had a few computer and design sessions and although I was not exactly sure what it was at the time, I knew that I wanted to be a graphic designer!
When I went to college, I switched back and forth between design and photography and finally decided to focus on design.
I got a job right out of college at a great advertising agency and gained a lot of experience, but In 2009 I started a blog as a creative outlet because I wasn't satisfied by the design work I was doing anymore. Finally, a time came when I was not learning anything else from being there and rather than look for another position, I decided to start a company of my own.
The Ciera Design Studio was officially launched in 2010, offering full-service graphic design and brand identity. I started by doing pro bono work for New Orleans nonprofits. This made me realise that I love helping my community, other small businesses, creatives and entrepreneurs.
Now, four years later, I continue to work with clients that I stand behind and that have a good impact on the community. I'm focusing my services and concentrating on what I'm best at and the types of work that I enjoy. I LOVE what I do and feel extremely lucky everyday.