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Daily Inspiration: Meet Bri Durawski

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bri Durawski.

Hi Bri, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
My career as a graphic designer began through multiple internships and in-house design positions. From a brand and web design specialist to a senior graphic designer, I’ve gained experience in many aspects of the field. But it always felt as if something was missing. Like I wasn’t reaching my full potential. I had to explore.

I injected as much freelance work as possible into my spare time, dreaming of doing it full-time one day. Finally, I decided to go for it, and Quiet One Creative was born. Born with a burning desire to do things my way, make my own schedule and be my own boss. I named my business Quiet One Creative because I’m an introverted person, but being introverted doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. So I set out to prove that theory. Introverts are powerful!

Since making the switch, things have been great. Now, I get to work directly with the client, ensuring that I deliver exactly what they’re looking for. And I get to trust my design instinct instead of making edit after edit. I’m lucky to have worked with many clients so far and hope to continue that momentum. I’m so grateful for the path that led me to where I’m at now and I thank everyone that has supported me and my dreams throughout the years.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
With starting any business, there are unavoidable ups and downs. The biggest struggle for me so far has been getting out of my comfort zone and trusting myself to make intelligent business decisions. Going from working for large corporations to flying solo is quite a jump.

Trusting yourself to make confident choices along the way is key. Owning your own business comes with wearing many, many hats. Some days, those hats are heavy, and other days, I forget they’re even there. Remembering to take each day at a time has been a struggle but one I’m learning.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am the founder and graphic designer for Quiet One Creative. QOC works with passionate business owners to craft striking and unique brand identities and specializes in branding, packaging design, and general graphic design services. In my personal professional experience, I’m most known for packaging design and I plan to bring that skill to Quiet One Creative, as well.

To date, I’m most proud of the brand identities recently completed for the St. Louis pop-up, Casa Gaucho, and Cherokee Street’s newest festival, the Brewed Arts Festival. My ideal clients are those in the food service industry (I love food!!) and events, festivals, and causes in St. Louis. My biggest goal for Quiet One Creative is to serve my local community through effective visuals that show off our city’s many offerings.

What sets Quiet One Creative apart from other brands and graphic design businesses is the transparency and trust I share with my clients. QOC strives to take the confusion out of hiring a graphic designer. It’s a scary thing to trust a creative to bring your vision to life and my hope is that clients feel safe with me!

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I’m a more reserved and quiet person (hence the name Quiet One Creative!) so networking for me is usually done online. However, a lot of my clients have come from my friends and family’s referrals and so far, it’s been working quite well. However, I plan to step out of my comfort zone a bit and start making videos to get myself out there more. Most social platforms are pushing video content so my advice is to stay on top of what they deem “relevant” if that’s your sole form of marketing yourself/your services.

I don’t technically have a mentor, but I have been given solid advice from seasoned colleagues throughout the years! I think having a mentor or someone to bounce ideas and unfamiliar situations off is a really important factor in having a successful business, especially in the beginning stages.

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Image Credits
Curtis Ebl Photography

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