There have been many talented mentees, scholarship winners and portfolio reviewees over the years, stunning mentors and other judging committees with their depth of artistic maturity and vision. But how have they progressed since then? In this new series, Where Are They Now, a photographer from years past will be featured. Each one will discuss how YPA has helped to shape their career and the way they approach their work.
Our first submission is Grace Talice Lee, who was on the Los Angeles team in the 2012 Mentoring Program.
Immediately after YPA (summer 2012), I worked as a photo assistant at Milk Studios, as camera assistant on independent film productions, and as a videographer for Nylon Magazine. One day I woke up and felt an overwhelming need for complete change. By end of day, I bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok. The next six months were spent backpacking around the world–swimming with whale sharks and sailing the high seas and kayaking with otters (in the Philippines, South China Seas, and Alaska respectively).
When I came home I decided to pursue a career in advertising. I entered The Big Ad Gig and became a finalist, flying to New York to make my first pitch ever for an audience of New York’s advertising elite. One of the CEOs took a shining to the campaign I presented [for Feeding America, images attached] and asked me to be a creative intern. After one month at Co:Collective, I was hired full time as a Content Creator.
Every day I actively continue to make my dreams happen.
Find out more about Grace and her work at www.gracetalicelee.com.