My name is Diana J. Lee, born and raised in Seattle, USA. Most of my childhood was spent sitting around in Chinatown doodling on pads of papers and playing in the alley by myself, which is what probably caused me to have such an active imagination. I’m one of those people who are never bored. I thought the coolest person in the world was my dad (still do) and I wanted to grow up to be as cool as him – so now I am a tough and masculine dude.
My love of art and video games is what led me to the video game industry, which was a childhood dream! With my first paycheck, I bought my first DSLR and became a self-taught photographer – mostly shooting fashion shows and models, which was another dream of mine. Since I’m kind of crazy and like to dream big, I threw away my comfortable life behind in 2011 to do freelance work and travel around the world by myself. Thanks to having over $35,000 in student loans, I learned how to be frugal and save money (and yes, I miraculously paid off all my debt), so my thrifty ways have helped make traveling affordable.
The day I was laid off my job, was also the same day I heard about a Lonely Planet contest. I took it as a sign to go a different path even though I had job offers to stay in my current industry. I created a video and submitted it to the contest and was selected as the visual category winner in the Lonely Planet YouTube Share Your Adventure Contest. I was also selected to kick-off a travel crowdfunding site called Trevolta, which launched publicly with a project I proposed. As part of Pantene’s Labels Against Women #ShineStrong campaign, I was sent a year’s supply of hair products that I’m STILL using (it’s been 2 years!) just for being me and refusing to give in to society’s definition of a woman. These have all led me to believe that choosing the big risk in throwing away my career to focus on travel and creating my own art was the right path… Now join me on my new journey as I launch my travel blog and share my art to the world in June 2016. I hope to teach what I have learned and inspire others with my own story.
A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there. Big things come from humble beginnings, so dream big!
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