We had the good fortune of connecting with Myles Mendoza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Myles, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always had a love and appreciation for art since the age of 6. When I graduated high school I discovered that there was this profession called “Graphic Design” where you can make a living creating digital art. I immediately gravitated towards it and never looked back.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art for the past 10 years has mostly been for the entertainment industry. I’m not exactly sure what sets me apart, as there are so many talented artists, but I do pride myself on being versatile with my “style.” I’ve had the pleasure to work with so many great brands that I’ve been able to adapt to many different genres of design. One that I enjoy the most is poster art. I love seeing different artists compose pop culture posters in their own way, almost as if you’re seeing how their thought process works. My path to get to where I am today was not easy, it took a lot of work and getting outside my comfort zone. I learned that to get what you want in this industry, you can’t rely on someone else to do it for you. I also learned that to get better, higher paying clients I’d have to change my mindset and think more strategically rather than going about it the way I usually would before. My personal brand is still developing and I don’t think will ever be fully finished, but being humble is important as well as just treating people nicely and with respect.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To be honest, I don’t know if we would stay in San Diego for a week lol. The beaches here are great as well as the restaurants, but I love visiting places outside of where I live. A trip up to Disneyland would be a must, also picking up a new Lego set would be dope (I love Legos). La Jolla and Seaport Village are two places I really enjoy walking around, as well as downtown Coronado or the Hotel Del.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Yes, I’d like to give a shoutout to Raul Sigala who is my former coworker but also a solid friend of mine. Raul has a truly unbeatable work ethic and is one of the most talented and underrated creatives in the industry. He has a great attitude and sense of humor and is always down to help anyway that he can.
Photo Credits: Raul Sigala