Today we’d like to introduce you to Destiny Sosa.
Destiny, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was 12 years old I was introduced to the DFW music scene, and that’s where my love for photography and design began. My uncle was in a metal band and he would bring me to all of his shows. On the weekends, instead of hanging out with kids my age, I was hanging out with twenty-something-year-olds at metal shows. I would help work the merch tables, load instruments, and curiously explore each new venue they were playing that weekend. I started taking pictures at each show with my little point and shoot camera, and that’s how it all started for me. I fell in love with graphic design during this process too, because I loved the artwork I’d see on albums and merchandise. I remember telling myself that one day I would work with bands and create all of their visuals. As I grew up, this hobby became something more and I started to gain recognition for my work. At age 18, I was featured in my first Dallas gallery, and the rest was history. I now work with clothing lines, bands, artists, and brands to meet their design and photo needs. I love what I do and am very passionate about it. I am still so young, but I am excited to see where I end up and who I get the opportunity to work with next.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has not always been smooth. Once you put yourself on the grid people love to criticize you. I learned that you cannot please everyone, and I also learned that people will always find a reason to dislike you. I had to learn that I owed nothing to anyone, but myself. I also learned that I didn’t have to meet anyone’s expectations, but my own. You have to believe in yourself and be your own cheerleader because I promise that people will come and try to bring you down. I would also advise young women to not allow fear to hinder them.
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I am a photographer and graphic designer from Dallas, Texas. I am known for creating visuals for many brands, musicians, and artists in the DFW area. I am proud of being so young and having established a high clientele by word of mouth or social media. I love that I get to create visuals for so many different people. As far as what sets me apart, I would say my friendships with the people I work with and my age. I turned 24 this year, but I started doing this at twelve. It sounds insane, but I think if it wasn’t for my exposure to the creative world at such a young age, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Believe in yourself and be true to yourself. You are in charge of your life, and you are capable of doing anything you set your mind to. And always stay focused on your goals because life will throw many distractions at you.