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Meet Norcross Designer: Josh Gary

Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Gary.

Josh, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always enjoyed art for as long as I could remember. During the dial-up era, one of my favorite hobbies as a child was to create websites. I found it intriguing and more than entertaining being a “webmaster”, so I spent tons of time creating all types of sites for things that interested me at the time (mostly animation fan pages). After that, it didn’t take me long to realize that the digital canvas was something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Has it been a smooth road?
I feel fortunate and so blessed to say that I haven’t had many struggles or obstacles so far. As far as challenges, I think getting my BFA in Graphic Design from Georgia State was probably the most challenging. At the time, they were taking only 20 people once a year making the competition extremely high and tough. The program is VERY competitive, but it’s extremely rewarding once you’re accepted in. Their graphic design program is designed in a way that really pushes you creatively and helps you create a strong, relevant portfolio by the time you’ve completed the program. GSU has great instructors who push the idea of conceptualizing first. They challenge you by creating projects with deadlines that are set to prepare you for the professional world.

Do you feel luck has played a role in your life?
I don’t consider myself lucky, but fortunately, I haven’t experienced much bad luck either. Does that make me lucky?

Do you feel like there are certain traits that increase the likelihood of success?
Being creative and talented has always helped, but being ambitious, driven and humble has created an outstanding amount of opportunities that have helped my career.

What do you love about our city and what do you dislike?
I love Atlanta! Coming from the small college town of Athens, GA, the beautiful skyline and options to do things are super cool, but the diversity more than anything, is what I appreciate and love about this place. The thing that I think many people here like least would be the traffic.

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Photographer – Kareem Ajani (Open-Minded)

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