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Austen Mesaros is a 24-year-old programmer and game designer from the Kansas City area. You might recognize his last name from another Everyday Creator I spoke to a few months ago — this is Erin’s brother, so yes, he’s mine, too. I wanted to interview Austen for a number of reasons beyond annoying-big-sister levels of curiosity. First off, because I’m also a game designer (though of much lower technical caliber) and want to feature more creators from this particular field. But also because I believe Austen embodies a particular subset of game designers: those who hack away at their craft…


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Gabriella Gill is a 21-year-old author from Dover, Pennsylvania. After self-publishing her first book at the age of 17, a Young Adult superhero novel called Saving Metropolis, she has kept busy working as an administrator for her parents’ business, writing the next two books in her Saving Metropolis trilogy, speaking at local writing workshops, and most recently, volunteering at local air museums and learning the stories of American war veterans. Her love of comics and superheroes ultimately developed an accompanying appreciation for history, which has led to her most recent project on the centennial of America’s involvement in World War…


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Linda Ellmore is a 26-year-old modern calligraphist and digital artist from the Dallas area of Texas. While she’s been an artist her whole life, hand-lettering is a relatively new craft for Linda, and one that I’ve enjoyed watching her grow in from the very beginning almost two years ago. A quick glance over her Instagram shows the marks of a creator who takes learning seriously, but clearly loves the process — she plays with styles, themes, complexity, simplicity, and everything in between as she grows into her own niche. I’ve always been a fan of hand-lettered art and prints, but…


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Brandon Reich is a 30-year-old filmmaker from Austin, Texas. We met through a mutual friend at a Create for the Kingdom event in 2014, and subsequently got to work together on a 48-hour film project. I quickly learned that underneath this guy’s chill, unassuming exterior was a seriously skilled filmmaker with a terrific, off-the-wall sense of humor. I’ve gotten to see even more of those qualities from a distance while following his work over the past few years, so I knew he would be an interesting person to include in Everyday Creators!

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Keagan Gill is a 17-year-old photographer from Dover, Pennsylvania. I don’t know him that well personally, but I’ve been a huge fan of his photos ever since he started posting them on Instagram. Since Keagan’s been pursuing photography only about two years, it’s been fun to see his rapid growth and the different ways he’s played with style while discovering what his niche is. I had to smile while editing our interview because Keagan just makes it all sound so easy. Get camera, take pictures, share pictures. Practice, practice, practice. It seems obvious, but it’s so easy to forget (especially…


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Yvonne McArthur is a 29-year-old writer from Guatemala, currently living in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Yvonne and I were co-writers on a video game project for three years, which was a new (and frankly, nerve-wracking) prospect for me at first, since my writing has almost always been a solitary practice. I was relieved and excited to find that Yvonne was an incredible partner, with much more talent in thinking outside the box than I have, and who always motivated me (by example) to spend a little more time crafting the immersive details of our game’s fantastical world. What I’ve read…


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Asia Eidson is a 25-year-old photographer currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, where she runs her business Photobyjoy. As a missionary kid from Thailand who moved to the States for college, Asia holds a deep appreciation for adventure, and as she puts it, an obsession with getting to know people and hearing their stories. As someone who has had the joy of being in front of her camera a few times — for fun, engagement photos, and wedding photos — I can join the leagues of testimonials about her work and say she has a genuine gift for making even…


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Vanessa Callari is a 29-year-old graphic designer and artist from the Philippines, currently living in Abilene, Texas. She’s one of those friends I’ve looked up to as a woman who seems to know exactly who she is, and who meets difficulties in life with a kind of calm determination I don’t always see in my peer group. (That might not be what she would say about herself, but as you’ll see in our conversation, she does thrive on problem-solving!) When Vanessa opened up to me about her journey as a creative professional, in some ways I wasn’t surprised to hear…


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Vince Cheney is a 31-year-old animator currently living in Fresno, California. He’s another creator from the indie game development team I’ve been a part of for three years, so I think I’m qualified to say he’s one of the most steadily dedicated creators I know, always mindful of planning tangible, achievable goals to reach the next level in his skills. His discipline has always been a motivator for me personally, but what I also find encouraging about his story is that in the grand scheme of things, Vince is relatively new to his craft — he has about 6 total…


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Erin Mesaros is a 22-year-old dancer currently in the second company of the Orlando Ballet. I’ve known Erin for her entire life — because she’s my “little,” taller-than-me sister! Even though we have a lifetime relationship and ballet has always been a huge part of her life, I really looked forward to doing this interview with her to dig down deep into what her experiences are with this gorgeous form of expression. Ballet is one of the more unique choices of art to include in this series so far, since even though it obviously falls into the category of “the…

Lauren Quigley

Writer, nutritionist, indie gamedev, curious human being

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