Art and design seemed like an inevitable career path as Secia spent more time covering her notebooks with artwork than taking notes in her first year of classes at NYU. Earning a degree in Visual Culture, she explored art history, branding, the psychology of art and image, and everything in-between. Determined to fuse her undergraduate studies with her creative ambitions, she studied Graphic Design at Parsons School of Design at The New School University.
After 8 years of living and learning in New York City, Secia packed up and headed west to Austin in 2014 where she founded her own creative studio, Zapp Design. Though Secia continues to enjoy working as a designer, she is happy to be surrounded by like minded creatives and tackling new challenges as the Gallery Assistant at Metropolitan Gallery.
Get to Know Secia
How did you end up in Austin?
I came to Austin completely against my will. In protest, I really tried to hate here for my first few months, but this city has a way of bringing out the best in people. It wasn’t long before Austin charmed its way into my heart, and now I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
If you weren't working in the Art/Design industry, what would you be doing?
In a perfect world I would be in school forever, moving from one interest to another satiating my curiosities one at a time. Though if I had to choose just one alternative degree, I’d definitely study psychology. I think art and design is related in fascinating ways, but apart from the psychology of image, I’d really enjoy helping people resolve their problems and live their best lives.
What are five things you can't live without?
Sharpies, Chipotle Veggie Tacos, Dr.Pepper, Thunderstorms, and New York City.