Total loan: $7,500


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Long Beach, CA, United States / Education

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Natalie's story

I had a knack for art at an early age. Throughout my schooling I was considered the “art kid” - the one teachers asked to make posters & whatnot. In high school, my instructors recognized my talent and supported me by purchasing quality art supplies with their own money and helping me win competitions outside of school. Because of this experience, I knew I wanted to follow in my mentors’ footsteps and one day teach art to kids. After high school, I pursued a career in graphic design and earned degrees from El Camino College and Platt College’s School of Graphic Design. I began working full-time as a web designer in the then-emerging e-commerce industry, which eventually earned me a position as Creative Director working with clients such as Toshiba and Best Buy. When the technology industry crashed in the early 2000s, I found myself out of a job. I used my skills and worked as a freelance designer for several years providing a full range of web & graphic services. It was during this time that I had my little boy, Avery, and desired a new career path that would incorporate motherhood and art. As a new mom, I envisioned opening a creativity studio where I could help nurture a love of art in children just as my own teachers had done for me. With public schools eliminating art programs from their curriculums I knew there was a niche I could fill and Averyboo Arts was born!