July 23, 2020
- What is your name / organization / title?
Brittany Wong - Happyland Creative
- What motivated you to become a maker?
My mom told me I should do graphic design and I wanted to get out of school as fast as I could, so I did it because it seemed fun. I ended up loving it!
- Looking back on the early stages of your journey, what advice would you give yourself now?
Don’t look at other people’s work. Don’t ask for a critique from people you don’t respect. Don’t listen to people who don’t care about your best interests. You’re doing better than you think you are.
- What is your favorite thing you’ve ever made? Why?
I took some drawing classes in college and made some VERY realistic drawings. I don’t even know if I could do it now. I still have them because looking back on them I’m impressed with my own skill level.
- What’s the next evolution for you (or your industry) going to look like?
Scaling my business offerings in a way that moves me away from 1-1 work and allows me to serve more people quickly so I can work less (so I can grow my family) but still make a decent living.
- Who would you partner with (living or dead) for your dream collaboration? And what would you work on together?
I’d partner with Tim Gunn to create a fashion collection of colorful basics that demonstrates the idea of color as a neutral.
- You're on death row and it's time for your final meal. What'll ya have?
A double double with grilled onions and extra cheese, and cheesecake for dessert.
- In a world where you have two hands, all of your pets and loved ones are safe, and your studio is on fire, what do you try to save?
My external hard drive, and a box of old photos.
- What is one piece of pop culture (movie, tv, artwork, song, etc.) that no matter how many times you return to it you still draw excitement, movement, or inspiration?
- I love useless facts. Impress me with a seriously useless fact!
In times of economic recessions, cosmetic sales (like nail polish and lipstick) go up.
- If you could try any profession other than your own, what would you choose to do?
Truthfully, I’d probably be a hairdresser. But a DREAM would an imagineer.
- What is your personal strategy/philosophy when it comes to using social media for your work?
I think posting on social media is important to draw people to your brand, but don’t build your business on social media. Attract customers through social media, but lead them to your website and email list. Personally, I try to focus on posting content that my customers would (hopefully) find interesting or useful, and help them get to know me. I always engage with target clients for 20 mins after I post, and I try respond to every comment (unless it’s weird or creepy, those get deleted and blocked.)
- Speaking of social media, where can people find you?