What are young women in Kenya really up to? This entire week they will be telling you the money moves they are making to find their way in this World.
First up is, Nash Kariuki. She is a digital artists who … no, she’ll tell you herself.
Hi, tell everyone who Nash is
Nash is a creative, curious and evolving woman. She also happens to be a digital artist, specifically in animation and illustration. She is currently freelancing and her work and contacts can be found online via Twitter and Instagram. She enjoys cartoons, a good laugh and causing harmless mischief from time to time.
What is your life slogan?
“What the hell is happening ?!” Hahaha ! But really, it’s “Keep moving. You’re in a marathon. Not a sprint.”
How are you changing the world, Nash?
Hmm … By education. I am educating myself on the topics of communication and emotional intelligence and I’d like to educate others on the same through my work and leave them entertained and inspired. I’d like to reach a point where I am making such content in these lines full time. Specifically for children and young adults.
Why did you choose this line of work?
A combination of circumstances and enjoyment. I was really into photography for a time but I have always drawn. I decided to see if I’d get work as an artist so I could pay for a camera but the art stayed and I’ve been on this path ever since.
What has been your experience so far?
Challenging but rewarding. I’ve been frustrated numerous times and uplifted a thousand times more. I’ve met amazing people and been part of great projects and I have learnt a lot. I can say that the next step in my journey is to apply my experience in my own way through getting more work in animation and illustration.
Where do you see yourself when you hit the big 3-0?
Grounded, secure and happy. I see myself and my family happy and content. I see myself having done content along the themes close to my heart. I see myself rewarded by the process. I also see a nice cup of tea and a cookie at the end of each of my work days because sometimes that’s what you really , really, really need after a long day staring at a screen.
What will you need to get there?
A focused, meticulous mind, a learning attitude, a great network and active, paid work. The best way to support content creators is to buy their work and pay for their services.
Let’s conclude with some Peer Counselling! Say something, anything, to other young Kenyans
Eat your fruits and vegetables, Don’t talk to strangers in the jav unless they are offering mahindi choma and remember that life isn’t supposed to be easy but you aren’t supposed to suffer alone either. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and always be ready to help as well, when and where you can.
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