1. What’s your name and title/business name? Where are you located, city, state, country location?
My name is Olga Muzician and I am a letterer and designer working out of New Jersey, where I just moved, but I work in New York as well. I have just very recently started running my own business full time and am still trying to decide on an official business name. I currently use Olga Muzician Lettering & Design on my business cards.
2. What’s your educational and professional background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?
I have a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University with a graphic design major and a Masters in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. I originally came from a fine arts background, having taken painting and drawing classes my whole life. Sometime in high school, I realized that I can’t make a career out of painting so I applied to college for graphic design, where I realized how much I love typography. My dream at the time was to work in magazines so I took on a few internships at Hearst, working with Redbook and then Good Housekeeping magazines. When I graduated from Fordham, I got a job at Hearst Magazines International, where I worked for 7 years, art directing all international editions of the Hearst magazine brands, like Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Oprah, Seventeen, and a few others. Just about 2 months ago, I left my full-time job to pursue my own business after I realized that I could make a career out of lettering. It combines my two passions, drawing and typography, so perfectly, that I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life.
3. Preferred tool(s) and medium?
My preferred tools are always paper and pencil or pen, and I really love experimenting with new pens (I’m a bit of a pen-hoarder). I’ve just recently started lettering on the iPad Pro and am really enjoying it because it lets me sketch and make final drawings in much less time than with traditional analog methods. It has been invaluable for my business.
4. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?
I recharge my battery by going out into nature. I really love hiking and I try to get out as much as I can. I usually plan at least one large hiking trip per year, during which I visit several different National Parks and spend every single day hiking for miles. It’s not only inspiring being out in nature but it’s also so mentally relaxing, while being so physically exhausting, that when I come back from home, I feel completely recharged, as though I went on a meditation retreat. Exercising and biking also really helps me recharge creatively. I’ve probably come up with more good project ideas while working out than while sitting around.
For inspiration, I also always go to Instagram to see what other talented creatives are doing.
5. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.
Something that might surprise people about me is that before I started pursuing art seriously sometime in high school, my time was split between music and art. I spent a lot of my childhood going to both art and music schools outside of my regular school, so I was a pretty busy kid. I was in a choir and I played the piano. The funny twist is that back in high school, when I started dedicating my time to art, I met my husband, who actually started out as an art major and then switched to music. Now he is a musician and a music teacher, so it’s as though our passions criss crossed somewhere in the middle. Because of him, music never left my life and I am grateful for that.
For a really surprising fact, though, I guess I would pick the fact that I can do about 10 real pull-ups. People are usually very shocked to see it.