Today we’d like to introduce you to Diana Vazquez.
Hi Diana, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
Hi my name is Diana and I’m a creative artist based in St.George. I was born in Mexico and brought her to the United States when I was a baby. Having the great opportunity to be a part of the “The Dream Act” program I was able to further my education by graduating from Dixie Tech in the Digital Media Program in 2021.
Where do I start; Since I was young, I’ve grown fond of being on my own. Based on my personal experiences, I was never the one to be a part of any activities or groups growing up. This was hard for me to understand at first because everyone around me seemed to label me as quiet and strange. As an introvert I’ve realized that being on my own made me feel as free as I wanted to feel.
One day, when I was in Elementary school, there was this assignment where we had to color and design the pedals of a flower. I never really knew what the word creative was until that day. Everyone focused on the pedals, putting in as much or too little or no detail. I fell in love with the idea of expressing oneself because everyone had their meaning of beauty and their way of doing things. The expression made me realize that It was just as okay as me being quiet. There were days where I did pretend to be someone else in order to be part of the fitting society, but from then on and forward I stuck on my own.
I started loving fashion first. It was a way for me to express myself without saying much. I remember for a couple of years, every day after school; I would stay up all night designing clothes and kept a couple of binders with my design collections.
I fell in love with writing; I even wrote a couple of poems published in several books.
Then I started getting into photography, started my hobby of taking photos of my sister’s friends, and the site is still up from back in school if you want to check it out (senseoftheuniverse.weebly.com). Still, I’ve gained some knowledge about photography and got a lot better, so I like to say those are archives of what started it all.
In high school, I remember getting called into the school counselor’s office one day to discuss what I would do after high school. I took AP and CE classes for art and business, getting some recognition. He recommended some colleges based on what was a fit for me. I wanted to pursue fashion, but the colleges/ universities for this field were out of my budget.
Being a low-income student, It wasn’t right for me to go to this type of school and live the way I was living. I decided to go on a year break and told myself that I would save just enough to go to school. Though things got in the way, I had some people from work help me get into a school I didn’t expect to go to in the first place, Dixie Tech. I gave it some thought, and I remember thinking it was a good experience for me to take, so I got in.
During one course, I remember getting into Brand Design and thinking to myself, wow, I can help people start their businesses the way I want to start mine. I was planning to start my clothing brand where I would make everything from scratch, but I decided to give this a shot first.
After graduating in April of 2021, I purchased my desktop and got to work. I started practicing on my days off from work, even after/before work. I knew it would be a new experience, so I started studying and putting time and effort into it. With my love for writing, fashion, photography, and storytelling, I decided to combine them all and start my business. I call it ONADREAMSTUDIO.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I grew up with people who didn’t encourage me to go with my creative side because it wouldn’t make me enough money or because my shy personality would assume that I had no motivation or courage to take on such a job.
Being creative isn’t always easy, especially being a first-generation student. There is pressure, but primarily self- criticism. There are days when I feel like I’m not good enough or intelligent enough, But I remember why I started: I had a dream and believed in myself.
Constantly being on social media is another thing. It can get draining at times, and it’s not always easy to get connections, but it’s an essential step in business. Having a balance between work and life is very important. Sometimes it’s hard to have balance, but I think just leaving for a bit to take a refresher is okay.
As you know, we’re big fans of ONADREAMSTUDIO. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about the brand?
ONADREAMSTUDIO is a creative studio offering strategy-driven designs for women entrepreneurs+creatives with a mission and a dream to give this world something beautiful. I develop brands that value visual storytelling to elevate conscious connections.
A ticket to the moon as I like to call it, I support women to get there and beyond. I support women in believing in themselves and their determination to manifest a community that believes in their dreams and ambition, as I did mine.
~Social Media Strategy
THE ARTIST PORTRAIT
~The Artist Portrait
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I think my mentor has always been myself. I was the one who never stopped believing in the potential of my dreams. I believe that bettering oneself and believing in oneself is the most potent growth.
I have self-educated by reading books, watching youtube videos and talented content creators of all kinds.
By finding the right frame of mind you can become your source of inspiration.
I encourage my audience to do the same x
- Website: onadreamstudio.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/onadreamstudio
- Other: https://www.behance.net/dianavazquez17