... without years of experience, industry connections, a background in business, a background in design, OR a large social media following
😭 You're tired of rejection emails
😓 and getting ghosted after giving your rates
So instead of getting stuck with jobs that don't really interest you just to get by...LEARN THE PROVEN PROCESS
Learn how to turn your passion for art into a sustainable way to make a living from the Designer that Influences Influencers™
Leverage the power of today's social media platforms to get recurring clients... without any paid advertising
Find opportunities to work with high profile influencers and international brands without any industry connections
Upskill your freelancing and build a killer portfolio that stands out
Learn effective email & phone communication for creative agencies
Learn how to create passive income as a designer and earn automated recurring revenue
Others were afraid I'd end up totally broke as a starving artist. They told me to give up on my dream.
Now I work with clients who are brands with global reach and influencers with millions of followers.
This is how I did it.
- Chris Guillebeau (New York Times Best Selling Author of $100 Startup)
and how you can too... 😉
"The Academy has been an incredible journey in helping me take my next steps as a designer. Not only has the course taught me the fundamentals of design but the team went above and beyond in teaching me and other students how to conduct business in a professional manner while having fun with creativity. The course offered such a variety of projects to help me expand my skills and try new things outside of what I normally do. In fact, I was able to get connected to skincare guru and Youtuber EuniUnni to work on some awesome graphics for her including Youtube thumbnails, banners, and Instagram posts!! This was a highlight for me during my time in class because it taught me that connections with such amazing people out there ARE possible. What I loved the most about DLD.academy was the fact that everyone was so transparent and the instructors were always available to help with any questions. For this reason, I never felt alone when I was challenged because the community here is so responsive and supportive! The team became a family to me and I couldn't have been happier in making my choice to take this class! Thank you Dawn, Sophie, and Yuki in creating such a positively influential course for designers of all backgrounds!!!"
I felt lost, alone, and totally out of place when I moved to the US from Korea.
I was *told* that in order to be a successful designer I would have to:
🙄 get into a reputable school
😒 have a fancy art degree
😑 grind away for another 5 years as an entry-level designer until I’m promoted to a senior-level...
Then *maybe* I’d finally start receiving some projects I actually cared about…
*maybe* I’d have a shot at art directing if I was lucky...
Unlike all my other friends, I didn't even have a job lined up after graduation.
I applied everywhere but no one would hire me full time 😩
To get some side ca$h & expand my portfolio, I started freelancing on the side.
Now I work with some of the biggest fashion, lifestyle, and beauty brands 😍
My day is set up with recurring clients and I can pick & choose which projects I’m passionate about.
If I need to run errands or want to relax & hang out with my dog, no one’s yelling at me or whatever.
And have been doing ever since.
I got to there so much faster than I ever thought I would...
Make your own hours working on projects you're actually passionate about
Work with the coolest influencers, content creators, & your favorite brands in your own creative studio
& stop searching for work in random groups and threads
Interested in art direction someday?
And everything they don’t teach you in school...
"How do I find consistent work?"
"How do I price my projects?"
"What do I do in this situation with my client?"
"What if I want to run my own agency or go into Art Direction?"
"How do I protect my work?"
"Where do I even start? What do I do next?"
When you're growing your business, all your questions get answered inside The Academy.LEARN MORE
"As someone without a design background, by following their steps, I landed my first illustration client! It's by far the best investment I've ever made for myself!
Fast forward to today, I now work with for Aja Dang, a lifestyle and personal finance Youtuber, as a graphic designer! It’s incredible how one assignment from this class let to this amazing opportunity with a Youtuber who I’ve been watching for SO long. If you told me a year ago that I will be working on exciting creative projects, I wouldn’t believe it. I can’t thank DLD enough as they’ve truly propelled me forward in my creative career."
This is for you if...
⭐ you want to stop worrying where your next client is coming from
⭐ you want to land consistent clients without being pushy or annoying
⭐ you want to work with cool influencers, content creators, and your favorite brands
⭐ stop struggling to find work
⭐ grow a waitlist of clients so you can choose who you work with (and if someone cancels, you have a backup)
⭐ be the Creative Director of your own studio
Submit an application to see if you're a good fit for The Academy.
Hop on a customized-to-you call where your path to consistent high-profile clients is mapped out in less than an hour.
If you're approved for a spot inside The Academy, we'll extend an offer to you so you can start working with high-profile clients!