We had the good fortune of connecting with Quantal Langford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quantal, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Positive daily habits that’s helped me consistently has been making sure I exercise daily. Helping me to prepare for whatever the day. may hold. I have noticed that when I feel good about myself, from a health standpoint, I’ve seen it reflected in my relationships and business. Making sure I read or listen to positive content that gets my mind searching for opportunities, or learning something new that I can apply in every facet of my life. Journaling has helped get my goals and aspirations down on paper, as well as the things that’s been challenges for me. If you’re on the creative/entrepreneurial journey, it will be ups and downs. Being able to get all of your thoughts on paper and clearly assessing where you are right now and growing from that. And doing daily meditation/prayer before I start my day. Starting the day in gratitude for the things that I have in my life has drastically changed the way I approach each day.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Running my creative + design studio, Langfordesign, I focus on building and developing brands for entrepreneurs, businesses, teams and non-profit organizations. I also have other brands and properties such as my lifestyle clothing brand Just Heart Apparel, the video/podcast show The Creative Brew and other books and character properties I’m developing. What sets me apart is being able to listen to clients and developing brand identities and smart design solutions from understanding each person that I connect with. What makes me most proud is seeing all the things that I’ve created and seeing it displayed and distributed all over the country. From people wearing the Just Heart brand, to audiences listening and watching the podcast, and how the clients feel when they have a logo or brand identity that clearly represents who they are and what they do; that’s makes me most proud. It’s been a road set with ups and downs along the way. Like most people coming out of college, I was set on finding a graphic design position. At the time I didn’t have great success acquiring a position at the time. So I made the decision, with guidance from my wife, to go freelance full-time. It wasn’t easy at all! Going out on your own it forces you to develop yourself quicker in business and creativity. Keeping my body and mind has helped me be resilient, when I could have given up, and to adapt my skillset for the market. Even moving from Tennessee to California forced me to brand myself for a new market. If I wasn’t able to stay flexible and adapt when needed, I probably wouldn’t be doing this interview right now. Through this time, I’ve gained so much knowledge and experience; and even now still learning. Cultivating relationships and connections and creating the right mindset, has been detrimental to my success. Lessons I’ve learned along the way: Know your worth. Don’t be afraid to say Yes. Find ways of creating value for others in all aspects of your life. The better questions you ask, the better answers you get. Be consistent. I want people to know that if you’re serious about anything that you want to create, be prepared for the success and the challenges that come along the way. With Langfordesign and The Langford Studio, my umbrella brand, I want to be able to give a massive amount of value to each person that experiences my brand. I’m looking to build an immersive media company that creates smart design, creates compelling stories, or give out creative inspiration for audiences.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Great question, since I generally frequent North County more than San Diego, We would definitely hang out at the beach at the Harbor. Breakfast: I would swing by The Breakfast Mug, Mary’s Restaurant, Señor Grubbys, Swami’s, Tony’s Restaurant Lunch: Beachhouse Deli, Sancho’s Tacos, Dominic’s Pizza at the Harbor Dinner: Orfila Winery, Hello Betty, Rockin Baja (at the Harbor) Places to hangout: I would take them to Coomber Winery or Orfila Winery to hangout have some drinks and listen to some great music. I love my coffee, so I would take them to a range of coffee shops to try out: Panels Coffee and Comics Steady State Roasting Pierview Coffee Baba Coffee Camp Coffee Revolution Roasters Other things I would take them to is Indoor skydiving, whale watching, Stand up paddle boarding would be some of the other things we could do.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a Shoutout to my beautiful wife Heather, who’s always kept me grounded through our years of marriage. I’m always thankful for her support, and the continual support of my family and friends. I want to thank various organizations that’s helped me get to where I am. Originally from southeast Tennessee, there’s organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, 100 Black Men, Shell-Ratterman Scholarship Foundation that’s help develop me as a person and creative. I want to give a special shoutouts to two art teachers in my life: Martha Kidwell, my high school art teacher in Cleveland, Tennessee; and my uncle Lionel Langford, who was an artist himself, that I always looked up too. Special shoutout to two mentors: my uncle and wrestling coach, Howard Langford and my other wrestling coach Al Miller, both from TN. They helped develop me into the person I am today.
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