We had the good fortune of connecting with Yelemnah Tessema and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yelemnah, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It’s a gift that not only I can help others and their endeavors, but I can prove to others that my craft is impactful, relatable, humorous, and vibrant.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is a blend of 70% semi-realism and 30% anime.
What sets me apart from others is that I consider what’s most important to my clients and the project at hand very carefully. In addition, I always improve my craft every step of the way.
What I’m excited about is learning new techniques with each project, making new connections, and slowly making a name for myself.
I got to where I am today by, in a word, perseverance. It was never easy to begin with but it gets better with time and experience. I overcome the challenges by digging deep in my own history of my ancestors knowing that what they have been through was harder and they found a way; so, should I.
I’ve learned quite a handful of valuable lessons. One of them is to learn how to negotiate with clients and potential customers. Another is to always learn something new, no matter how small. In addition, finding a mentor is easier when you find your own path.
I want the world to know that I had one of the best professional businesses and quality work they have experienced. I want people to know the stories and characters that I create has a lasting, thoughtful, and insightful impact.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Barnes and Noble is a great start. A variety of people to meet, books to read, and great iced coffee in addition to your books.
4o4 Esports in Doraville, Georgia is a spot were the best fighting game players join to talk trash, win tournaments, and hangout for an impressive time.
If it’s towards the end of May in Georgia, we have MomoCon. A convention of anime, cartoons, cosplay, video games, etc.
A free jazz/ soul/ R&B concert in Centennial Park in Downtown Atlanta. Make sure you have your own seats, food, and drinks before you go.
Piedmont Park is very reminiscent of my childhood. It will be the go-to spot for any occasion.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my gratitude to my mother, my grandparents, younger brothers, my mentors who constantly give me constructive criticisms, my Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Ethiopian family.
My gratitude goes towards creators of ” The 50th Law “, ” Never Split the Difference “, my mentor ( Anthony Piper ) and creator of ” Trill League “, and ” Without Sanctuary “.
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