Niti Marcelle Mueth; Montreal; @nitimueth
Let’s say we’ve just met at a cocktail party. How would you describe, in a nutshell, what you do?
I am a multi-disciplinary artist—I do graphic design, illustration, screen-printing and animation.
Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I went to Collège Ahuntsic in Montreal. I studied graphic design and got my diploma when I was 19.
What was your first paying gig out of school? (In your field, or not.)
The director of Fous de l’île Kombucha [which makes kombucha beverages] saw my portfolio two months after I got out of school and hired me right away as a graphic designer.
What was your BIG break? How did you land it?
When I did my first solo exhibition when I was 19. I organized it within four months after graduating and more than 200 people came. It was so rewarding and really helped me launch my career as a graphic artist.
Describe the moment in which you first realized, I think this is actually going to work out?
I always knew it was going to work out. Life is full of ups and downs and that’s normal—I’m OK with it, I learn from my experiences whether they’re good or bad.
What would you say has been your biggest failure or shortcoming, career-wise, to date? How did you bounce back?
Disappointing my parents was hard. After college they wanted me to continue my studies but I really didn’t want to. But that’s not really a failure since they’re proud of me now.
Name one piece of career advice you always give.
To be audacious. The most beautiful experiences come from not being afraid.
What’s the worst career advice you’ve ever gotten?
To find a “real” job that pays “well.”
Did you deal with barriers in your field because you are a woman? If so, what were they?
I wouldn’t say that I personally experienced barriers as a woman but I do realize that it can be a struggle for a lot of women in my field. When I was in college the majority of graphic design students were women, but out in the work force, there are way more men. As artists in galleries and museums, there is a ridiculously small percentage of women exhibiting compared to men.
Are you making a fair income for your work? Why or why not? Do you have a side hustle/day job for extra cash? If so, what is it?
I am making a fair income. But I don’t really care about the money, I work on stuff I want to work on. I’m a full-time artist and I also work as a freelance graphic designer at an interactive marketing agency in Montreal. I wouldn’t call it a side hustle because I’m still doing what I love.
What’s the worst stereotype you’ve heard about millennials at work?
Millennials are lazy and not motivated. I just think we work smarter and faster.
Photographer, Nathan Cyprys; stylist, Corey Ng, P1M; hair, Cia Mandarello, P1M; makeup: Vanessa Jarman, P1M; jacket, COS.