Sophia Chang is a graphic designer and illustrator. Originally from Queens, she credits her relentless drive with growing up among the non-stop hustle and ambition of New York City. Sophia received her BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in 2010, and has since gone on to collaborate with big-name clients like HBO, Refinery29, Lululemon, Beats by Dre, and more. She co-founded the brand experience agency We Ascend and the online health and wellness publication UNDO-Ordinary. Sophia dives into how she got her start, what she does to stay creatively challenged, and how sharing in your success is often the most Extraordinary thing you can do.
HOW CAN WE ALL CHASE the CHECK? And BE the BEST WE CAN BE by WORKING TOGETHER?
This is also my intention behind my brand experience agency We Ascend. As a freelancer, I’ve had the chance to work with a lot of great brands, and I wanted to share those opportunities with all the amazing, talented people I meet every day. This is something I’ve always done: connect the dots between creatives so we can all benefit. In other words, How can we all chase the check? And be the best we can be by working together? I see We Ascend as the next step in my career. It’s not just about me; it’s about helping everyone rise up.
A high school teacher of mine once said: Whatever you do, be the best at it. If you’re a janitor, be the best at it. If you’re a dentist, be the best at it. I took those words to heart. When I start my day, I try to make each day count. And when I go to bed, I want to know that I took at least one step, or half a step, further in my goals. And if I’m ever feeling lazy or uninspired, I try to remind myself that I don’t work under fluorescent lighting, that I’ve worked hard with the cards that were dealt to me, and thankfully have been able to sustain a living doing what I love. That’s enough of a motivation for me to keep going.