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The Hardest Thing I Ever Did

Q Choi

Q Choi, Motion Graphics Designer at DiMassimo Goldstein

I was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. I graduated from business school there without aim and worked with no passion. I knew that it was not what I wanted, and decided to study graphic design in New York. I finally moved to NYC in 2009.

I didn’t expect to be working at an ad agency when I graduated from SVA. Now, it has been almost 2 years since I started working at DiGo.

Since I majored in motion graphics, I tried to get a job at post-production or broadcasting companies, and I thought I should. I had freelanced at several studios and broadcasting companies, and enjoyed experiencing the field. However, I needed to get a full-time position at some point due to my visa status. Fortunately, I got a chance to interview with Mark DiMassimo. And he gave me a great opportunity to start a motion graphics department at DiMassimo Goldstein.

Mark and the Creative Director allow me a lot of freedom to create motion graphic pieces — much more than I expected. In the past few years, we were awarded Best In Show at the Financial Communications Society Portfolio Awards, and Silver at New York City ADDY’s. And now, DiMassimo Goldstein was just honored with Small Agency of The Year, Northeast Region in 2014. I am so proud to be a part of all of these.

It’s not just our client work, but our internal projects motivate me a lot as well. We have created agency reels, party movies, chalk wall drawings and holiday videos. These inspire us and keep us fresh.

Additionally, It’s always fun to hang out with DIGO people and they actually help and encourage me a lot. I had a hard time to communicate and speak in English. Especially, I didn’t have the confidence to speak, and it is actually much harder for me to write this blog than designing or animating. These passionate and outgoing co-workers help me to speak more and make the happy hours happier.

DiGo allows me what I want to do and treats me like a family. We have been creating better projects this year, and I’m sure we are going to get more than we’ve achieved.