I have studied graphic design, animation, motion graphics and now have an AA in Illustration. My title under Creative Director includes but is not limited to styling, makeup, hair, wardrobe, model/acting direction.
Currently, I am pursuing my BA in Architecture at The Cooper Union and during my five-year journey hope to join SAGAFTRA to expand and gain momentum into my artistic career path.
Presently I have set aside some time for commissions sent to my Dropbox via my Wix site as well as working on some local projects.
Working with new talent and people in the industry challenge me, that being said, I am a Creative Director who concentrates in portraiture work, a painter, and a digital artist.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Christina. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I'm dramatic, and it shoes in my art and photography sense. It's a taste of Renaissance as well as my love for deep and rich colors. The canopy of red, a river of gold, the field of lavender hills of blue.
I love accentuating the best in every project. Through jewellery, makeup, and styling. It's a story.
Christina, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Creative Director?
My passion is to create for people, opportunity and pleasure in it keeps me at it.
I began creative directing when I realized I was too precise and occasionally bossy to work under another person's style. I had to take some time to make my statment. It was not easy; I lost a friend or two in this process.
But my results are true to who I am, as theirs are to them. Once finding my style, I began cultivating like-minded creative's without trying.
Who is your inspiration in life Christina? How do you stay inspired as Creative Director?
My Chinese grandmother, Chen Xie Wei. She was a brilliant woman, full of grace who taught me to eat each grain of rice from my bowl and to be sincere. To conserve yourself, dilute the pain, and grow from it.
I thrive in my art from my pain, sometimes years go by, and I will recall time for the feeling. It makes your work relatable.
Nostalgia, is my second choice, as there's nothing better than reminiscing about a time where things were gentler. It's bitter sweet.
Those who present unkind words, who are unjust, and rude fuel me. They keep me working for a better standing of my own two feet, so that one day I may help another to do the same. But better.
We all make mistakes Christina; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
Not loving my Irish grandmother as equally as I did my Chinese grandmother.
I allowed others' fear and opinion change my mind and waive my care towards her.
I spent nine years on and off sleeping on a couch to make room for the elders in the house. It pushed me away, made me bitter.
With how young I was it was difficult to witness her hollering and to lash out. So I spent time hiding and avoiding her and anyone with loud tones.
Even as I grew, my stubbornness kept me from truly growing.
If I could have the chance I would go back and reach out, yell at her to be stronger, to work out, eat healthily. Push or pull her toward the light, and made her last days filled with happiness. I would take it all back. Because despite her actions through got and anger, deep past it all was love for me. By acting that way I caused a deep scar on myself, and regret is only a fraction of the repercussions.
Christina, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
Precise, and conducive. My words I use are to push the best out of someone.
Though the goal is to have a final product, regardless of that major fact and pointer. Teamwork is essential as well as observing those around you to cultivate a comfortable work environment.
Please tell us, Christina, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
I prioritize my mental health, studies, and eating habits first. Then my financial income, and family priorities.
My social life ties deeply into food and eating well, music, and conversing over ideas and improving on projects. My friends and I all work together; these are the people I work and play with on a serious basis. If it's not in your passions why do it?
Christina, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
It was interesting how calm the situation became when the proper words were chosen, that's the key, and the differs ce between fueling the fire with gasoline or putting it out with water.
I kept firmly in mind that he was twice my age and only a single position above me. That it must be uncomfortable for someone to be surrounded by people half his age who are unique and talented within their mannerisms and life paths.
I didn't make him see it my way, but the truth of the matter at hand. We carefully paved our way toward the situation, telling him to give us options and communicate with us what his plan of action is. This was a beneficial middle ground if he were to leave us alone for 5 to 10 minutes, allowing us space to conduct our jobs accordingly.
And soon after he became calmer. Speaking more patiently, and being more allowing.
Christina, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Creative Director.
A motion graphics film response to an AIDS documentary in college.
This project was given directly after watching this moving, and harsh documentation of AIDS in America during its outbreak.
I chose a song by FKA Twigs, Pendulum' for the video. In turn, two friends and I choreographed and entire story into the duration of that song on the simple command after being informed the context, to shut your eyes and feel your heart, and dance through your soul.
I used everyone's first take and edited it into a story that took my professor's breath away. There were wardrobe and body paint done by yours truly, but with honesty, it was brilliant because they poured their soul into it.
Christina, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
My friend Lee's painting commission, something that started as a conversation between two Instagrammers became my next project.
I had free reign as I dealt all my ideas and abilities, and since he's so free and willing. I had no restraints on my project for him.
It's the most stress-inducing commission for a perfectionist as this is my third time re-doing it. I'm so thankful for his patience and understanding, and this third time is indeed the charm.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Creative Director?*
Find yourself and be true to you, you will lose friends and partners, but that's because life is opening you up to new people and possibilities.
Looking back to our childhoods now we go " Oh wow I was like that, jeez what was I thinking" and I assure you we will be thinking just the same ten years down the line. So just grow and be you.
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Photographer Ian Michael @idoesny
Photographer Wendy Chu
My mother, IG (NA)
Photographer Cruz Vargas
Photographer Jasmine Matos
Photographer Doryan Robinson
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Photographer Nelson Daquan
Photographer Christina Chu Ryan
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Photographer Nelson Daquan
Photographer Christina Chu Ryan
Painting by Christina Chu Ryan