GROW Through, What You GO Through ​: Gurveena R

Tell us about yourself

My name is Gurveena, and I’m 21 years old. I’ve just recently finished university with a BSc in Psychology! As a hobby, I really enjoy creating art, whether it be drawing portraits or editing and making digital art on my laptop. For a while now, I have been using this to my advantage to create graphic work for clients, and I am excited to see where it takes me. 

What inspires you?

I think the people I am surrounded by inspire me the most. I look at my family, and the people close to me and they inspire me to achieve the best that I can because that is all that I can do; be and do the best that I can in any situation. Seeing what my family have achieved just makes me believe that I can do the same. In terms of art, I see other artists, much like inkquistive, doing so well and the potential to become as big as them one day really inspires me as it’s been possible for them and I can get there if I work hard enough.

What is your motivation?

I think what motivates me the most is seeing the reactions and the feedback I get from the work I produce, it makes me feel good and encourages me to keep creating art as the feedback really motivates me to see how far I can get. I love creating, and this itself motivates me to do more.

How did you get into this industry? 

Growing up, I have always been into art. Since I was young, I have always practiced pencil drawings as my dad is a talented artist, and I aspired to draw like him. I practiced for years and years, learning a new technique every time I would draw a portrait or a picture. As I grew older, I became better and saw an improvement in my skill. As a teenager, I found that I enjoyed Photoshop quite a lot and decided to learn how to use it as I used to post edits on Tumblr for my favourite music artists. Whilst studying, I didn’t use photoshop as much but had the skills. Just under a year ago, my eldest sister told a close friend of hers that I was skilled in photoshop and referred me to them to do some graphic work. It was then that I realised I had a passion for graphic design. Since then, I have created a lot of work which I am proud of, that range from graphic designs, digital art, motion graphics, and video editing. I continue to learn more and more about a variety of editing software because the more I know, the more I will be able to create!

A lot of people underestimate how much your mind matters when working in a creative industry, sometimes it can be your mind that actually prohibits you from achieving your goals, what would you say to someone who is struggling at the moment with this?

To anyone who is struggling with this, I would say that nothing good ever comes from thinking negative. You can only do as much as you believe you can, and if you think positively about your work and your potential, you will manifest it. Work as hard as you can to create the best version of your work and yourself. This has happened to me, I think it happens to everyone at one point in their life because people tend to compare themselves to other people in their industry and then they don’t feel like their work is good enough. This is the mindset I had to let go of because in the creative industry, everyone is different and unique, and everyone will produce different things. So to anyone struggling, I would like to say that you should always remember that your work is unique and special, there is no one like you! Your mindset will get you where you want to be, and once you believe in your potential, you will do great things.

What is the book you’ve given most as a gift?

I haven’t given books as a gift, but I leant my sister ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. It is a really eye-opening book that makes you look at things in a different perspective, and it has actually changed my life quite a lot, in the sense that I try to be as positive as I can to get the best outcome in any situation.

What purchase of £100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months?

I would say my Adobe software package! Haha, mostly because it has helped me a lot with my business; I have been able to create so much in such a small amount of time because of the various software I have. I also love this because I am forever learning new things!

How has failure set you up for later success?

After doing quite a few graphics for a close friend’s business, I felt as though I wanted more clients, but I didn’t put myself out there enough. It wasn’t necessarily a failure, but I felt sort of standstill like I wasn’t going to get anywhere. I tried to create new digital art to showcase my skills, but it took time for clients to come forward. With the help of my sister’s close friend, I was asked to create a promotion for an upcoming artist which made me feel really good and that I had the potential to do bigger things with my skills.

Other peoples faith in me has also kept me motivated. Without people like my best friend believing in me and spreading the word, I would have probably given up a long time ago, but her constant support has been monumental for me.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?

The biggest challenge was when a client asked for a type of graphic that I was inexperienced in. I really wanted to try to create it, and I really love to help people out wherever I can, so it was important for me to be able to learn to create this. I would consider myself a fast learner, and I made sure I challenged myself to learn new things to add to my skills. In the end, I created a graphic I was proud of, and the feedback was great and there was an immense amount of job satisfaction. It really helped to broaden my skills and get out of my comfort zone.

If you could have a gigantic billboard- what would it say?

If I could have a gigantic billboard, it would probably promote my brand and the skills I offer because it would help to get my brand out there. However, if I could choose anything besides my brand, I would have it say something about the law of attraction and to tell people to put their positive energy to use to attract all things good!

Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by? 

One quote I live by is ‘everything happens for a reason.’ If something is meant for you, it will happen. Another quote I think of often is ‘nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.’                                                                                     

In the last two years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?

In the last two years, I have been working hard to achieve my goals, whether it was university or art, and I realised that I can only do the best that I can. I always strive to achieve the best of my ability even if I don’t believe I can do something, and when I don’t, it really discourages me.

What advice would you give to someone who is about to embark on such a journey? 

My advice would be to never give up. You should believe in yourself and believe that you are capable of anything you set your mind to. You should never limit yourself to what you can and can’t do because there are so many things you are capable of but haven’t tried. If you are about to embark on a journey into the creative industry, remember that it will only get better and better – you will improve your skills, learn new things and best of all, attract people to your work if you put your mind to it.

What would be your message to the AWMB community?

My message to the AWMB community would be to always be positive energy. Life is not always rainbows and sunshine, but it’s what you choose to make it. You will attract so much good in your life if you change your perspective on things. You are the only YOU in this world. There will never be anyone like you! 

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