We had the good fortune of connecting with Mynecia Steele and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mynecia, why did you pursue a creative career?
Art has been a love of mine and my main outlet, since childhood. With that being said, I honestly never imagined that I could make a career out of my passion. Though I always liked the way it sounded. Of course, the idea of never working a day in your life, because you’re doing what you love would be appealing to anyone. Unfortunately, I doubted my abilities for way too long. So, in college I majored in journalism and minored in graphic design. I assumed I’d get a serious ‘big girl’ job in journalism, and maybe my art would be there as a potential side-hustle, if that. It wasn’t until post college that my path became more clear. I was dealing with what a lot of graduates face. I wasn’t getting many job offers, and struggling to figure out what my next step was. To alleviate some of my stress I turned to art. I drew nearly everyday and became more active on my art social media accounts than ever. People started reaching out for portraits, book illustrations and logos. From there, I made connections with other black female entrepreneurs. Now, I’m a full time freelance digital artist and loving it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My brand was originally geared toward black women, and I will always maintain that. But, This Is Myne has grown so far beyond that recently. Lately, my goal has been to always provide quality and purposeful artwork and graphic designs to anyone who’s looking for it. Aside for being the first four letters of my name, Myne has also taken on the meaning: Mine, yours, nobody else. That simply means that each design and illustration is unique and created specially to meet each clients specific vision. As an entrepreneur myself and the daughter of entrepreneurs, I can’t help but have a soft spot for small businesses. I think a lot of designers have a goal to get that one connection with a big design company, or get that one deal with a larger business. Instead, I want to cater to people when they’re getting started. At has been such a blessing to watch the growth of all of the businesses and authors that I’ve worked with. It’s amazing to randomly see books that I’ve illustrated on Amazon, or to see packages with logos that I created, or seeing portraits and posters that I created hanging in homes across the country. I’d rather touch a million lives and help a million small businesses get started, than work with one big business forever.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to say thank to all these amazing black female entrepreneurs for their support, kind words and collaboration: Divine Legacy Publishing, the Black Doll Affair, Ms. Heel magazine and Legacy Book Bar, The Wildflower Collection, Diva on a Dime Wear, Diaography photography, G Mills Design, Created by Moneeka, Bang Bang Lashes and so many more! Thank you for being all about uplifting one another. Sorry if I forgot anyone! You all know the love I have for you. Even if you aren’t in this shoutout, there will be many more to come!
Mynecia Steele Marcus Steele