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I’m Darin Young and my company is Mixt Media which I started in 2016. My motivation behind starting the Creative Pursuit podcast stems from my own experience and roundabout path to where I am today. In college I got into club DJing with some friends. During that time I also became a radio DJ at my college’s radio station, KTUH FM at the University of Hawaii. A good friend and I hosted a weekly 3-hour show for three years and that’s where I gained my audio experience. And while in college I studied video production and web design.

After graduating, I moved to Tokyo and taught English for 2 years. While I was there I caught the photography bug and spent much of my free time going around the city and capturing images.

After returning to the US, I landed in San Francisco and confined myself to the 9-5 life in a typical office job. Early on I did have the desire to transition back to something in multimedia. But then the recession hit and at that point I counted myself lucky to even have a job. I survived those few years of uncertainty, became complacent, and before I knew it 10 years had come and gone!

I had been away for so long from anything to do with web design, audio, or video I thought I could never get back into it. But the thought of staying where I was for another 10 years was even more depressing. So I decided to take the risk, moved to Columbus, Ohio, and with the support and collaborative environment in Columbus, have been fortunate and very grateful  to be able to do what I enjoy.

I hope to encourage others in a similar situation to also make that jump because life is too short to be miserable in your work. I won’t deceive you though and say it’s really easy. But it’s also not as difficult as you may think. I truly believe the hardest part is to just get started. And by hearing the stories of other creative entrepreneurs and freelancers, I hope their experiences and insights help you get off to the right start. It can even be with a small step and doing some work on the side when you have a few spare hours on the weekend. But the main thing is to just start!

I’m Darin Young and my company is Mixt Media which I started in 2016. My motivation behind starting the Creative Pursuit podcast stems from my own experience and roundabout path to where I am today. In college I got into club DJing with some friends. During that time I also became a radio DJ at my college’s radio station, KTUH FM at the University of Hawaii. A good friend and I hosted a weekly 3-hour show for three years and that’s where I gained my audio experience. And while in college I studied video production and web design.

After graduating, I moved to Tokyo and taught English for 2 years. While I was there I caught the photography bug and spent much of my free time going around the city and capturing images.

After returning to the US, I landed in San Francisco and confined myself to the 9-5 life in a typical office job. Early on I did have the desire to transition back to something in multimedia. But then the recession hit and at that point I counted myself lucky to even have a job. I survived those few years of uncertainty, became complacent, and before I knew it 10 years had come and gone!

I had been away for so long from anything to do with web design, audio, or video I thought I could never get back into it. But the thought of staying where I was for another 10 years was even more depressing. So I decided to take the risk, moved to Columbus, Ohio, and with the support and collaborative environment in Columbus, have been fortunate and very grateful  to be able to do what I enjoy.

I hope to encourage others in a similar situation to also make that jump because life is too short to be miserable in your work. I won’t deceive you though and say it’s really easy. But it’s also not as difficult as you may think. I truly believe the hardest part is to just get started. And by hearing the stories of other creative entrepreneurs and freelancers, I hope their experiences and insights help you get off to the right start. It can even be with a small step and doing some work on the side when you have a few spare hours on the weekend. But the main thing is to just start!