Sanya Misic is a 3D Artist from Trieste, Italy.
- Hi Sanya, tell me who you are and what do you do as a freelancer?
My name is Sanya Misic, I am Serbian, I graduated from IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) in Milan, later on, I moved to Trieste, where I continued studying, did some formational courses in nautical design and 3D design, and soon started working.
Mainly, I am working as a 3d artist and as a Product (generally: the furniture) and Interior Designer, developing new concepts or redesigning the old and then representing it with the corresponding 3D presentation.
- How long have you been working as a freelancer now?
I’ve been working as freelancer in the past five years.
- Why did you decide to become a freelancer? Did you think about it for a long time or did your decision come suddenly?
It was never a plan, just the hunger to start working, and the interest in different things.
I remember when I first started using design programs, I immediately wanted to understand and learn how to make everything in 3D: cars, phones, yachts, games, houses, people, etc…
I was fascinated, and I couldn’t decide on which field to concentrate. I even worked, shortly, in graphic and web design.
So, I guess, freelancing came naturally and it was perfect for me to gain wide spectrum of experience in diverse projects and with different people.
- What is your competitive advantage, which makes your clients hire you?
Among so many talented young people and designers today, I have to admit that I have been very lucky, and by now I didn’t experience some difficulties in finding the job.
I think that people always recognize when you truly love what you do. I look at every project as it is the most important for my career, seriously and to every detail I give the best of me.
Through that way of working I gain their trust, and as for me, common trust and passion are principal components of all main things in life.
- Who are your competitors? What do they have that you don’t?
My opinion is that you should think about competitors only if it is going to motivate and inspire you more to work on yourself, there is place for everyone, play fair and professionally, do your work properly and every talent and hard work comes to the surface at some point. Also it is crucial, in everything, to leave the ego out of the story.
- Who are your typical clients?
Mostly mass production furniture companies, architectural design studios and private clients.
- How has your business changed over time?
During University I understood how to work in a team, with students from all over the world and all kinds of personalities, in other way, working as a freelancer, helped me to cope with myself, in my personal and professional growth.
It is when you are on your own that you understand your limits, potential, you develop strength and maturity, and you gain knowledge in so many different fields. You have no one in your team to hide behind, so you learn and get better and better to get the work done in a best way.
- Which books do you recommend to freelancers?
In the learning process, for me as a 3D artist, you have to keep up with more than one field (graphic design, interior design, architecture, photography, 3D rendering, material technology etc.), so I could underline these that I have been reading lately “Understanding Exposure” by Brian Peterson and Product Leadership by Eriksson.
Also, it is very important to find other ways of exploring and learning; especially today, on the Internet we have opportunity to find all sources of help such as online courses, tutorials, online discussions and forums. The practice is very important, I would say essential, even if there is no specific project on your horizon to work on, invent something , you are only going to upgrade your skills like that .
- What is your current inspiration that drives you in the business?
In design, I am really loving as it’s also my personal taste, one of the latest trends: combining the classical, vintage and rustic details with minimalistic style and clean lines. In technical part, I like that today there are so many new programs and new ways to elaborate new ideas, that also challenges you to be in a constant chase to upgrade yourself and your own skills in every possible way.
- What would you do differently if you would start again?
On the very beginning, being eager to work and a bit naïve, I have done many projects for free.For me it was fundamental to enter the world of design and I was not aware of how people are capable to use your work and ideas.
But, it’s all part of this game, my personal and professional path, and I am sure that I would never come to this point if it went differently.
- What would you advise someone who has an idea, but no money?
Just invest in yourself. Believe in yourself, don’t be lazy to work hard and wait for the perfect moment to show your ideas to the rest of the world. The moment will come for sure.
- What was the best business advice you received?
Never think about the problem as a problem, but think of it as a challenge, never worry in advance, concentrate on one thing at a time and it will solve itself.
- What do you often dream about when you’re not working?
From a professional point of view, I hope that I will soon accomplish myself as yacht designer, since it was my hardest wish from the very start. Also I would like to entwine somehow my work with travelling around the world.
- The place where you find your peace?
Luckily, I now live in a wonderful Italian city on the coast, where I adore taking long walks during sunrise or sunset in nature and by the sea. Nature is inexhaustible source of inspiration.
- Top 3 mobile app on your smartphone?
Houzz, TED and Pinterest.
- What do you do in your free time?
I do meditation every day, practice pilates since I understood how spiritual health is essential in everything you do and often I love to spend evenings with some jazz and a glass of good Italian wine with my friends.
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