Allan Manzano

Allan Manzano

My most critical advice for students would be to surround yourself with good people that know what they’re doing. Be with the best! Allan Manzano , Adjunct Faculty, Design , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

My freshman year at San Diego State University—it was then that I knew what I wanted to do. However, it was not until my graduate work in San Francisco where I discovered the power of design and how it can help people in business, and people in our community.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran's sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the profession?

I keep things real and transparent. The classroom experience is different from the real world because there are no shortcuts. You either do the work, or you don’t. 

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

Life’s assignment is my approach; it’s your choice whether or not you can handle it. 
I try to push students to see beyond the “cool stuff” and think beyond what’s expected. It’s an acquired skill that only comes from taking my class.

What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?

Collaboration is key because it’s about working as a team and not as individuals.

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

The real world is a beast, and you’re going to fail—numerous times. But that’s ok, it's how you come back with that knowledge and adversity that will pull you through. 
And, my most critical advice for students would be to surround yourself with good people that know what they’re doing. Be with the best!