We had the good fortune of connecting with Margo Prodan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Margo, how do you define success?
I believe success should be something we each define on our own terms. And also, something we re-define indefinitely. There is never a limit to what makes a successful life, high or low. I look at my own life and I consider what I have achieved as successful but to others it might look like something else. I was raised in a house of artist minded women who always supported me as an artist but no one in my household was a professional artist. I never felt like doing artwork was looked down upon but I never really considered it as a career as a kid. As it turned out, I wound up taking a “gap-year” that lasted 14 years and when I went back to school for design and 3D modeling, it was incredibly intimidating but also, I was really good at it. Since graduating I have had the luxury of working with some wonderful designers at my work. If I were to compare myself to their successes I might struggle with where I am. I had a later start in this career but I still consider my path a success. The best way to define success is to know you are finding joy on the journey to being the best you and never comparing yourself to others. Also, knowing that the journey to success never ends.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Graphic Artist for Bee International in San Diego. I have had the opportunity to work on really cool products in our industry from Day of the Dead themed novelty candy items to branded items like our Paw Patrol candy filled ornaments. Our products are seasonal so the work is always changing from Christmas to Halloween and so on. I am never bored! I got this position through connections. I graduated from Platt College and through their career services and some encouraging teachers, was able to land this job. One of my co-workers is a fellow alumni and I am pretty sure that helped solidify the offer I got. Networking helps get you where you wanna go! I also work in independent comic books. I am the colorist for the Digital Lizards of Doom comic book series. I have to give this artistic opportunity to networking as well.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a week with my best friend here in San Diego we would probably spend most of it inside right now, lol. But in different times, I would definitely take them to my favorites spots; Liberty Station, Little Italy, and my favorite Mission Bay. I haven’t been there in a while but I always feel like Liberty Station has such a variety of things going on from the Public Market to the Artists’ Studios that we could probably spend a couple days eating and looking at everything. I love visiting Little Italy because you can grab a slice and walk around people watching or sit down at a really classy restaurant depending on your mood. If you go on the right day there might be a farmers market which is my kind of vibe. Mission Bay park is where I love to roller skate, swim and get some delicious tacos! Also, I love watching people screaming on the roller coaster at Belmont Park. I admit I am too much of a wuss to go on my own, but maybe my bestie could convince me!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be where I am without the support of my friends and family. One person in particular has supported me in this crazy journey, Ernie Najera. My other half, my inspiration and my love. Thank you!
Ernie Najera, Comic Artist; Jarod Octon, Graphic Designer (photography)