The World Youth Alliance (WYA) invited Hey Kessy’s founder, Mansy Abesamis, to have a short talk on being a creative entrepreneur. WYA’s headquarters is in New York, but they also have different offices around the world. Their Katipunan office tries to mold young individuals to be inspiring leaders of tomorrow!
The attendees of the talk were mostly students and fresh graduates—people in their early 20s which was the same age Mansy started Hey Kessy. Mansy gave tips on how to start a creative brand such as: Join fairs. Focus on one to two products only. Even if you are not completely content with your work, continue joining fairs. You will improve along the way. If you don’t start now, you won’t have any chance to improve your craft.
Mansy was one of three Filipino artists invited by WYA for an exhibit in New York. Aside from the exhibit, she was also exposed to different works of artists from Mexico, Germany, Kenya, USA, Canada, and Italy. Talks about WYA’s initiatives and projects in the world (such as why art is important) changed her life as a creative.
Being exposed to different artists taught her that art changes not only the maker but also the world (the people who see your art, passersby, and more!). Your work says so much about the type of world you want to help build.
During the trip, Mansy also met up with Beatrice Coron, a French papercut artist based in New York.
A trip to New York isn’t complete without a visit to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET). These are just two of Mansy’s favorite paintings: Van Gogh’s The Starry Night and Gustav Klimt’s Hope II!
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