10 Questions: Rebecca Brayman

What do you do and where do you do it?
I’m a graphic designer and currently freelancing.

What inspired you to choose this profession, and what makes you stay in it?
I had artistic tendencies from a young age and could always be found singing in school choirs, painting, taking photos or writing poetry. My path to graphic design took root as a teenager creating art with Adobe Elements and led to my first big project — a fan website for actor Hayden Christensen. It was mentioned in a New York Times article, which was very exciting and made me realize that my work could actually reach people. Design is an outlet conducive to my thought process as well as an emotional need to satisfy my curiosity and be a creator.

What is your single favorite portfolio piece?
My single favorite portfolio piece is Michele Boyd’s website design. Michele is an LA actress and web celebrity best known for her role as Riley in Felicia Day’s popular online web series, The Guild. She is also co-creator of Team Unicorn, a girl geek group who produce and star in their own web videos. I enjoy her work so I posted a redesign of her site on Flickr and she actually contacted me about implementing it! What I normally did for design exercise became a real project so this piece has become quite sentimental.

What/Where do you want to be in 10 years?
I want to be happy, healthy, confident and still brave enough to be fearless. I’d also love to have a design studio with my sister who’s a very talented artist. We already have the name picked out.

Who/What are your biggest influences?
Nature, music, fine art, science, literature, emotions. Currently loving the work of Lana Del Rey, Charmaine Olivia, Eight Hour Day and The Darling Tree.

What do you wish you did better?
Web programming. This is something I plan to change over the next year.

Why Connecticut?
Besides the beautiful autumns here, Connecticut is where I grew up, went to college and developed many personal and professional relationships. It’s my home.

Who are the best creatives you’ve worked with?
Everyone I’ve worked with has been amazing, but I greatly admire Rena DeBortoli, Kathee Speranza-Ryan and Edvin Yegir. They helped me learn and grow during my design career so I’m very grateful to know them.

What are your loves/passions outside of this field?
I love to sing, write poetry, travel, practice yoga, play video games and eat lots of dark chocolate.

What do you know now that you didn’t know then?
To embrace my imperfections and fears. I may never be able to completely remove them, but I can control their influence to allow more positivity and freedom in my life.

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