We had the good fortune of connecting with Samara Zabala and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Samara, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I feel as long as your heart and your mind is passionate and set on a particular goal, you have every right to keep going and not give up until you reach it. Something you truly want to be successful at is something you don’t give up on.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an illustrator and also a web designer and developer. I’m most proud of my versatility in my craft and excited about working in ways I can combine my expertise in projects. It wasn’t easy becoming a professional in my career. I started out with little to no knowledge in design and in programming. But with the resources that the modern technology of internet can provide and specially mentors that are there to support you and bring out your best, today, I have developed my skills in levels I can’t possibly imagine back then. I feel that the lesson I have learned is you don’t have to be born talented to be good at something. As long as you put in the hard work and keep looking for the knowledge to develop that skill, you will be skillfull at it. And never stop learning either.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I’m a bit of a foodie, so I would mostly prioritize recommending my favorite food places like Jollibee, Kappa Sushi, Poke One n Half, Milo’s Pizza, Oi and so much more food related places in San Diego (lol). But aside from food, Balboa park is always a nice place to be at too. There’s so many museums and fascinating architectures you just want to take photos of or just chill your whole afternoon anywhere in the park.

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?
I want to give a shoutout to the company I am currently working for: 1Point21 Interactive. For encouraging me and also my fellow developers and designers to discover new technologies to improve our craft and at the same time caring for our well being even during the world’s testing times. I’m grateful and blessed to be collaborating with a great company that’s been nothing but supportive and inspiring.

Website: https://samzabala.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samapitongzabala/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samzabala/
Other: https://dribbble.com/samzabala https://codepen.io/samzabala

Image Credits
Profiie photo taken by Dave Downes Artworks by Sam Zabala