Interview with Roshawn Patrick Allen (@turestrl)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

What brought me to my career path of visual design & brand/identity building, would have to be my High School graphic design teacher, Ms. Sloan. She helped me to recognize my talent for visual communication and detail. She also put me in a career shadowing program where I was able to shadow a magazine’s head graphic designer. That changed my life completely.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

The most interesting story would have to be my move from Chicago, To los Angeles. The move itself totally was based on the want to open up opportunities for my talents, which it did, but the process was insane. So one of my Friends/Clients “Dilla,” Was managing musical artist Jeremih at the time. He told me I should move to LA and help them with all his digital art needs so without hesitation I picked up everything and left. I was on the plane without finding a place yet or anything. As crazy as this may sound even though nothing was setup at all, as soon as I landed it all made sense. Within my first two weeks there I was able to truly stabilize myself and get right to work. Don’t let fear or uncertainty stop you. Go where your heart tells you to go and it will all work out.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

The best way to thrive without getting burnt out is to come up with an regiment of how you work. For me I choose different days to work on different art mediums such as: cover art, web work, film, etc. It helps me to stay excited to get to work on it when the time approches.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I’ve had so much help on this continuous journey to success. One person that sticks out would have to be my friend Brandi. She use to be my boss in college at a screen printing shop called full spectrum, in Chicago’s west loop. She opened the door for so many opportunities and just mentor ship. She is complete family now and we talk and work together as often as possible. That relationship means a lot to me and my career as a whole.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

The way I try to use my success to better the world is by sharing knowledge I learn along the way with anyone that asks. I also make sure to remain accessible to anyone that truly wants me to design for them. I enjoy it and I believe anyone who supports your craft should have the opportunity to work with you.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

A life lesson quote that will stick with me forever would have to be from my father. He was bringing me back to college from thanksgiving dinner at his place and he began breaking down the mentality he has as a man through his life experiences. He said “By the sweat of a man’s brow alone, shall he eat bread.” and when times get hard or I want to quite I just always remember I have to work hard for all that I want to enjoy in life. 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

To follow me anywhere socially my handle will always be “@turestrl”.

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