We had the good fortune of connecting with Meg Stapp and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meg, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
After falling in love with the grahic arts and design industry, It became clear to me that I always wanted to be creating and that I could create for others for a living. I started sharpening some unique and specialized skills to set myself apart and began helping others and business’s who value an artful approach to their brand and atmosphere. After a few months of taking on side clients, I started Meghowart studio because I knew there was a niche for local bars, restaurants and brand’s who were looking for someone with my particular hybrid art and design skills. I felt that in a world that is becoming increasingly more visual, having unique brand atmospheres and beautiful design is no longer an option, it is an absolute necessity. I decided to fill that need- It was a leap of faith in myself, and one that I am forever grateful for taking.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I always loved art and design, even when I was little I remember practicing my alphabet over and over just to naturally change how I wrote a specific letter or wrote out my friends names with all the extra dots and embellishments. I didn’t actually get into and fall in love with the arts until later on in my college career when I took up drawing as a form of meditation or therapy for some personal things I was going through at the time. I loved reaching the transcendent state of drawing where nothing else mattered and there was such a strong connection between my mind, the pen, and paper. I figured I should learn how to make a career out of this, and hope to find that satisfying feeling in a job. I studied communications in college but took a few months post-college to teach myself the adobe programs and meet up with friends or acquaintances who I knew studied graphic design to see what I missed. It all paid off when I got my first graphic design job. I was lucky to have a boss who studied fine arts, and took a chance that my art skills could translate to design with some pushing and training. I saw how much I could improve with hard work and dedication, and from there I only hungered to learn more about design, branding, lettering and functional applications of public art. I eventually moved into a UI/UX design position after this job but realized I was spending all of my time doodling, drawing and wanting a more artful approach to design back. I learned UI/UX wasn’t for me and made myself available to freelance design work outside of this job until I jumped all the way in and fully embrace the freelance lifestyle. Now I help other brands discover their true voice and atmosphere and help them intentionally communicate with their target audiences through brand strategy and marrying the hybrid skills of art and design. This is the condensed version of my story and the long one has many more ups and downs, and though I feel very fortunate to be where I am today, I know that at the end of the day, hard work makes luck.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
-Century Grand -Undertow -Highball Cocktails -SIP coffee + beer -Essence Bakery -Lux coffee -Glai Baan -Hillside Spot -El Chorro -Ingo’s -Chula’s Seafood -Huss Brewery -Whining Pig -Hike South Mountain, Camelback, Superstition -Walk Desert Botanical Gardens -Day trip to Sedona
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
100% would not be here today without the support, love, and encouragement from my husband Trevor. He pushes me to reach for more, to learn, grow, and expand my craft and interests, and to improve on each day. Seriously, I think I hit the husband jackpot.