We had the good fortune of connecting with Tran Ta and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tran, why did you pursue a creative career?
For most of my young life, I always considered myself a left-brain thinker and that I absolutely had zero talent in the arts. I never thought I was creative in any way. Throughout high school and college, I figured my only career choices would be in law, medicine or education, even though I enjoyed art history and interior design. I ended up with a BA in the liberal arts and somehow made my way into finance. The longer I worked in finance, the more I craved a creative outlet. I think living in New York City at the time also made exploring different creative outlets more accessible. During my 8 years there, I had enrolled in writing, drawing and oil painting classes. I remember constantly searching for career choices outside of finance. One time I looked into art appraisal. To be honest, I didn’t grow up with art around me and most of my friends ended up in finance, law or medicine so I never took a creative career path seriously. It was only after I gave myself some space by traveling for 9 months alone did I realize that I needed to take a risk. I ended up as an intimate apparel designer in a string of happenstances. Despite the lows of transitioning from corporate finance to a creative entrepreneur, design is part of who I am now.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have had so many dream careers that has led to a diverse set of work and volunteer experiences. My resume probably doesn’t flow really well. Including high school jobs, I’ve worked or volunteered in a restaurant, hospital, retail, law firm, bank, school and non-profit. My dream career in college was to be a UN diplomat or get involved in politics in some capacity. I’ve even worked for one of the political parties. I really explored a wide spectrum of careers and absolutely don’t regret it one bit. All of that is part of my story, and I think it’s important to jump around a bit to find your calling. You don’t know what will stick until you try it. I am glad I did most of that when I was younger when my risk appetite was higher. When I tell people that I’m an intimate apparel designer, they’re pretty shocked to hear about all the other things I’ve done.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
If any of my New York City friends came to visit, I would take them to Pecan Lodge, Kalachandji’s, and Arthur’s Steakhouse for food. I think they would like Truckyard, Legacy Hall and the Rustic when the weather is nice. Deep Ellum Brewery and Braindead Brewery have been hits with friends. f they’re in the shopping mood, I love exploring the shops on Riverfront like Lula B’s and White Elephant. Then we would head to Dallas Contemporary from there. And I’d probably drag them to Cowboys Red River to two-step at night.
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?
All my friends and family who have encouraged me to stay on this design path. They see my potential and remind me to never give up.
Allettare Ricardo Rosales
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