We had the good fortune of connecting with Chaunhi Le and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chaunhi, 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?
In my own experience, giving up takes just as much from you (if not more) than if you were to just keep going. When you’re working towards something worthwhile, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. The question is just if it’s worth it to you. Do you feel fulfilled at the end of the day? Is your work exciting? If not, you’ll just be overwhelmed by exhaustion and the feeling of knowing you could do more. That’s how I knew.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a commission-based graphic designer so this means that my projects differ from client to client. It’ll go from a logo project to painting a custom jean jacket and then to cover art for an album. I never know what’s next so it’s a lot of fun because I need change to keep me stimulated. On top of all of that, my clients are the best. I couldn’t ask for better. I feel like I don’t have much to share because I’m still learning myself, but if you’re lucky enough to have something that you’re passionate about and you’re good at, don’t waste time doubting yourself! I spent so many years of my life doing that and it got me nowhere.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Honestly, I just moved back to Texas last year and when I did, coronavirus was already a thing so it’s been too long to remember, but I got you guys on some food spots! L&L Hawaiian BBQ (Plano) is BOMB. It’s the closest thing to Hawaiian BBQ that I’ve found here. Get the short rib plate and some spam musubis! (You’re welcome) Kicking Crab (Carrollton/Garland) is pretty consistent for good seafood. Legacy Hall Food Court (Plano) is nice and they have a variety of different foods if you have a hard time committing. Other than going out for food, we’d probably be kicking it somewhere peaceful because my anxiety has been crazy lol.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All of my clients collectively deserve recognition because they make my dream job possible! If you have ever commissioned me out for anything, even back in the day when I was bartending before all of this, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart! I’m truly so grateful and remember every single one of you. I especially wanted to shoutout my first client under Designs by Chaunhi for a logo – Edgar aka DJ EseVatoEdgar! The logo took forever and I had no clue what I was doing, but he encouraged me every step of the way. I’ve taken off ever since then and he still sends me clients to this day. He’s a great person and so talented! Look him up!
Shoutout to my best friends, my support system, my day 1’s: Janis and Jonathan – who have always stood behind me in every aspect of my life and inspire me every day just by being the wonderful people that they are. Janis is a graphic designer and the creator of Luna Koi Designs and Jonathan is a photographer/videographer that’s starting up a studio, Crescent Studio. Go check out the besties!
Shoutout to my rock, Solomon, who gave me all the support in the world while I was interviewing to get into design school and every other time that I’ve ever needed a pep talk. Your optimism is contagious! He’s music producer under the name SoloKainMusic so check him out too!