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Journey Claimer: Finding Traction with Richard Liu of DSPTCH

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"There are many sources I rely on for inspiration, but the biggest is experiencing firsthand how people are working and thriving in urban landscapes around the world. Being based in San Francisco, you’d have a hard time walking a few blocks without seeing new ways people are working, commuting, and living," says Richard Liu (@DSPTCH), founder of a design and manufacturing company based in San Francisco, California. While still working a full time job, he used his free time to work on photography, graphic design and web design. This allowed him to gain experience by helping out some friends that were already involved in the fashion industry. He developed a relationship with Andrew and Johan from 3sixteen and through working for them, he built the foundations of how to grow and run an independent brand.

Day to Day, Richard spends his days running his manufacturing and design company called DSPTCH, anything from researching new fabrics to checking in with stockists. “I try to also spend at least a few hours each week gathering inspiration by reading books and magazines, going to exhibits, anything away from the keyboard.”

Here’s how Richard Liu of DSPTCH opened his life up to some incredible opportunities:

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Journey Claimer: Illustrating with Sophia Chang

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"Alongside the random things surrounding me, I am inspired by my friends that continue to push the envelope in their respective fields. They inspire me to be best that I can be," says Sophia Chang (@Esymai), an illustrator and designer based in Queens, New York. While attending Saturday classes and after-school programs growing up in an Asian household, she developed a huge passion for illustrating and designing. Her passion for the creative arts and streetwear has landed her opportunities to work with PUMA, UNDO-Ordinary, the NBA, and more. She specifically enjoyed the work she did for a TV show she actually watches. “I was working with Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. It was crazy to be able to work on a television show that I watched. I illustrated a series of posters that highlighted Bourdain’s adventures around the globe. From Macau to Naples, I was able to flex my full creativity and obtain a better understanding of the commercial world.”

As of late, she’s been making trips to the Post Office in order to mail out the final copies of UNDO magazine (a publication she produced along with UNDO-Ordinary). The past few months have been dedicated to the publication and its completion. 

Here’s how Sophia Chang opened her life up to some incredible opportunities:

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Journey Claimer: Talking Kicks & YouTube with YoAnty

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When it comes to my day to day life, I consider myself to be a disciplined person. Work is important to me. I have worked at Roster as a store manager for the last 4.5 years. I really enjoy the retail world. I go to the gym everyday. It’s an amazing place to free your mind. After a long day of work there is no better feeling then releasing any built up stress at the gym. When I get home is where my true passion kicks in. YouTube. I have 2 YouTube channels YoAnty and YoAntyKicks. I post videos on both channels daily.

I am born and raised in MA. A little town on the south shore called Hanover. In middle school and high school I loved video production so I decided to go to college for it. I graduated with a bachelors degree in video production from the New England Institute of Art.

What inspires me the most is seeing other people’s hard work pay off. It inspires me to keep working harder at what I do. One of the best feelings in life is working as hard as you know you can and seeing something come from it.

Here’s how YoAnty opened his life up to some incredible opportunities:

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Journey Claimer: Med School Dropout to Professional Instagrammer with Paulo del Valle

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My passion in life is photography. It’s my way to show how I see things through my lens. I also co-founded a clothing brand called KEEG with some of my best friends from college. We felt the need to make the kind of clothes we loved but we couldn’t find here in Brazil. I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. I believe it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it’s the perfect place for a landscape photographer like me. I get inspired just by looking at the views, the mountains, the ocean and everything else. I dedicate a lot of my time to Instagram because it has become the best way to share my work and interact with people that really appreciate it. I’ve become a Professional Instagrammer and I get invited by companies like Nike and governments to travel around the world to take photos.

I believe that we are not complete as creative professionals if we don’t see other professionals as inspirations. So, I’m always trying to find new photographers that I like, figure out how they work, and how they took certain images. I get the chance to travel with other amazing photographers, so we can exchange knowledge and tips. But the most important part for me about being a traveler is making new friends.

Here’s how I opened my life up to some incredible opportunities:

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