I kept my desire to build a life centered around art a secret for a long time. Somewhere along the line, I'd picked up the false belief that art was a hobby and I should "get a real job". In my senior year of high school, as my friends applied to business school or premed, I sat in the career counselors office in tears.
She was frustrated with me. This was my third meeting with the counsellor and I had arrived, once again, with "I don't know what I want to do" instead of a list of potential careers as I'd been advised to do. She was going to have to call my parents I was advised.
When my mom got home from work that night, she came into my room and said, "Sloan, you were born with a gift. You have an obligation to share that with the world. You have been drawing since you were a year old - why don't you consider going to art school"? That is the moment that I fully accepted myself for who I am.
I was accepted with full ride scholarships to all 3 colleges that I applied to and graduated with honors in the middle of the pandemic shut down. My planned internship at an international fashion brand was cancelled and I had no idea what I was going to do.
I had a classmate who had become a good friend. Both of our moms are dental hygienists and we used to joke about them chasing us around with floss. She mentioned to me that her mom was starting a business and had asked her to post a job on the college job board for a part time Creative Director. I told her not to bother and asked for her moms phone number.
Getting to work for The Dental HyGenius has absolutely brought to reality my dream of building a life centered around art - and then some. This company deeply cares about its' mission and is uncompromising on delivering clients not what they want - but what they need and at the highest of standards. I've been pushed to continue to grow and hone my craft and once again, having a dental hygienist mom has really come in handy!
My Favorite Things
Sunshine. Wayfarers kickstarter semiotics, quinoa godard dreamcatcher hexagon pop-up hoodie.
my guilty pleasure
Ice cream. Microdosing gochujang keffiyeh salvia. Hoodie knausgaard art party.
Photos! Hashtag fashion axe palo santo fanny pack, ramps cornhole messenger bag asymmetrical direct trade slow-carb everyday carry chartreuse tofu godard.