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Diana Vilic

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Monday, November 6, 2017

An Honest Letter

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I started writing this blog when I was a freshman in college. I was taught to write things embellished. Because they made me sound better. I wrote about how I stayed motivated, how I flawlessly managed by bad days, random bullshit about how well I understood the human consciousness, my infamous breakup letter with photography, how I never get burnt out,  and finally, my biggest fluff piece, how I conquered my insecurity. 

I had a tendency to write about what I wanted others to see in me. It's hard to admit your flaws or hardships. And it's a hell of a lot harder to own them. 

As you get older, you tend to shield yourself from the world or you become vulnerable. Maybe I spent the past four years reading too much Brene Brown. Maybe trying to be perfect inhibited my creativity. For whatever reason, I opted to stop pretending. In the past year, my posts have reflected some degree of honesty. 

Here's everything.
No fluff.

I'm 21 years old, I go to school full time and I'm the supervisor of a print shop full time. Hate school, love the print shop. I adore my customer base, creating things, analyzing my financials, consulting, and working with vendors and third parties. I think I'm beyond fortunate to have a talented staff. And I get really excited when I get to watch them grow as people and not just my associates.

I started off my life wanting to be the tooth fairy, a dentist, a graphic artist, a historian, a photographer, And now, I want to be a copywriter. Which is funny because I still don't understand when I should use "a" and when I should use "an".

When I was in High School, my class took a trip to an advertising firm. And I knew that was the world I wanted to exist in. Advertising felt like magic. Advertisers had the power to do anything. Most importantly, they had the power to reflect the world around them. One of my biggest goals in life is to bring diversity to advertising. I want to create ads that reflect minorities, different abilities, genders, sexual preferences and economic communities. I don't want to have whitewashed ads or the appropriation of other cultures as cheap selling points.

I keep telling people I want to win a Cannes Lion by 25 and a D&AD pencil by the time I'm 30. Those were just random numbers I picked out of the blue. Because I like to assign time constraints to my goals to push me. Then I change them as I see fit.

My biggest passion project in my life is the nonprofit I'm trying to start. I want to bring dental care to low-income areas of the country where there are government mandated shortages and blackouts. When I was 18, I learned less than 30% of the country has access to affordable dental care and over 30% of the country lives in communities where there isn't access to dental professionals. And my heart pretty much broke. I haven't shut up about it since. (You can read more about it here).

My passion for dental care has caused everyone in my life to think I'm obsessed with teeth. Which is completely justifiable. And my $200 toothbrush and expensive floss selections, don't help steer people otherwise. 

Despite never shutting up about dental care, my only insecurity in life is my teeth. When I took a psych class, I realized I may have Body Dysmorphic Disorder. But I'm a little too paranoid to get it confirmed by a professional. So I just say I have BDD tendencies.

I have a playlist of Andrew McMahon on my phone that I listen to when I'm having a horrible day. It has never failed me yet.

I spent the past year writing all my transparent articles on Medium under a false name. It's easier to be transparent when people can't identify you. I ended up opting to start putting everything on here instead. I decided to start identifying with myself.

I'm a firm believer in putting as much love out into the world as you can. The world has a way of putting people against each other or fueling hatred. I'm not afraid to fight every battle I'm invited to. But I think the world is better off when we give more love than we received. 





Marketing student with a focus in visual marketing with a addiction to coffee.

1 comments:

  1. good for you for caring so much about others! I hope you achieve everything you set your mind to!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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