About Jay

So, I am no longer a student but I am always studying to be the best designer I can be.

I have always been fascinated with art but I never knew you could earn a real living in an art field until a few years ago. Growing up I wanted to go to college and get a degree in Performing Arts because I loved to sing and play the piano. But for one reason or another, I didn’t see a real future in singing and playing the piano. Around that time I was also really into poetry, short stories, and memoirs. So, I thought I wanted to major in Creative Writing. But neither of those degrees really “spoke” to me like I wanted them to. Then I remembered how much I loved design. Well, at the time I wouldn’t have called it that, but in essence that’s really what it was. I loved photography, and painting, and interior design, and architecture, and web design, and game design, and the list continued. I just knew there had to be a way for me to wrap my love for all these creative avenues into one degree. That is when I was exposed to graphic design.

After high school, I attended Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, for a year. I had an amazing experience there but I didn’t feel at home. I had not yet honed my skills and compared to a great deal of my classmates I thought I was too far behind to compete. I studied very hard that year and produced some pretty good student work but something wasn’t working for me.

The next school year I moved to Jacksonville and attended what is now Florida State College at Jacksonville. I spent the next 3 years working on a degree that I didn’t want but I knew I needed to have something to fall back on. Day after day, month after month, year after year, my physical body would be sitting in class waiting on the day to end, while my heart and soul wandered. I would imagine myself as a very important designer with very important clients and a very important crew of designers that would collaborate with me on my projects. Near the time I was set to graduate I came to the realization that that degree would do nothing for me. I would never be happy.

So in 2012 I enrolled at Keiser University and began my first class for a degree in Design and Multimedia. Since I’ve been here I’ve made it my goal to be more than excited about my future in design, which I totally am, and I have even been connecting and networking with some pretty big names in the design community. I am so glad I didn’t give up on my desire to design.

I am so proud of myself and the things that I have learned in such a short amount of time and I am just so eager to learn more, meet more people, collaborate or more projects, and just show the world that ultimately I can bring their emotions and ideas to life!