by Zainab Nasir
Your city: Lahore, Pakistan
What drives you?(What makes you so passionate about your work)
My need to stay busy and occupied. I have this fear of finding myself with nothing to do one day. I also have within me, regular creative outbursts throughout the day so I always need to find little outlets for them!
How did you get here and how long have you been in this profession (or been doing what you do)?
It’s been 2 years since I’ve been professionally working as a graphic designer and a photographer. Even though I personally don’t think that I’ve made it too far. The only thing that has brought me this far is the fact that I’ve never given up or stopped working. When it comes to my work, I’m very determined and I’ve been at it for a while now.
What has been your vision and what do you most love about your work?
I’ve never envisioned myself sticking to one specific thing and that’s what I love the most about my field. I’m able to explore so many mediums. In photography I’m doing wedding shoots as well as conceptual shoots whereas I’m also designing my own stationery and even working as a social media handler. I don’t really see who I will be in the future but just a better and more advanced version of myself and for achieving just this I am focused on working every day.
What do you think is your biggest achievement throughout your professional journey?
Stationery has been my childhood obsession and in September 2016 I decided that I wanted to create my own stationery line. The idea at the time felt so far-fetched and there was a part of me that already knew I’ll fail at it. However, I ended up releasing my designed notebooks in December 2016 and I sold over 200 notebooks in one month. That will always be my greatest achievement because it felt like the child in me couldn’t have been happier.
What are your current projects and what do you plan on doing in the near future?
I have a stationery line that is up and running. I’m also a freelance photographer and graphic designer. I would really like to expand my stationery line in the near future!
A word of advice you would like to pass on to other women struggling with their start-ups?
Don’t stop. Ever!