Daniel Velasco

Daniel Velasco

Work as hard as you can and be honest and kind always. And remember to be true to yourself. Daniel Velasco , Fashion Instructor , The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

Ever since I was three years old, I've had a natural talent for drawing and sculpting. I think my first professional job, at age 18, was the first brick on the road that helped me build the rest of my creative career.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

I always speak from truth—sometimes rough, but always real. I encourage my students to work as hard as they can, be honest and kind, and be true to themselves.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I believe the class portfolio is the best example. I help my students assemble their best work into a portfolio and get ready to face the world.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Hard work. No matter how talented you are, you won’t succeed unless you spend time perfecting your techniques.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I love every minute of it.