Andre Kay

Andre Kay

Founder and Creative Director

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I had a desire to be an artist or animator when I was younger.
In high school I took a screen printing class and was inspired to put my art on clothing.
I majored in Fine Arts and began to refine my skills and find my style, which is always evolving.
While in college started a screen printing business and clothing company as a job and career path.
Learning the personal / financial hardships of owning a business. All the ups and the downs.
Graduated with a BFA and see the difficulty of finding a job.
Thankful to be blessed to have my own business, without it I would be struggling financially.
I now also paint canvases, have a residency in a nominated art gallery, and am always on the grind.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Fine/Studio Arts, General
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Career

Career

Founder and Creative Director

I am the founder of a full service design and experience studio.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Art
Art
Business
Business
Working Independently
Working Independently

Day to Day

Work days vary. Hours also vary as well and there are days I work 10+ hours in a day and there are days I don't work. An average day: Wake up and check emails. My assistant will come over and work on screen printing jobs. I will be in my office working on designs for projects. If I have any meetings, I will attend them while my assistant continues working. After work I'll exercise and/or start preparing dinner. I'll then work on various painting projects or commissions.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Practice your craft A LOT, Marketing, Interpersonal Communication, and Exercise. Surround yourself with other artists. Find things that inspire you. Learn from the greats, never copy them.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Be prepared to sell yourself. Take extra marketing classes. Learn how to communicate with people everywhere you wouldn't normally talk to. If you can't talk to a random person, it could be difficult to sell yourself. Network with people who are like minded and have similar or larger goals as you. Keep negative people out of your life. Learn to take criticism. Know you will hear a million "no's" before you hear "yes". Take it in stride, learn from it. Money is not steady and finances fluctuate.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You should be a doctor or lawyer. Art is a hobby, not a career path."

Focus on yourself and do what you want in your life. No one will ever live your experiences, life choices, or know your feelings within. Only you can live it. Always be honest and upfront 100% and have the best intentions for everything you do. You will never have anything to worry about if you do. Always speak with clarity to avoid miscommunications. Do not worry if someone else can't handle the truth. Be selfish for your own betterment as a practitioner of your craft or career path.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

In my career there sometimes isn't a steady check coming in. I have to always be mindful of my finances and keep a budget of things. If it's not within budget, it's not for me.