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22 - How growing up Chinese in Valencia helps Victor Chi Sun run a design studio in Shanghai

“I gain through those super stressful moments, like in a restaurant, rush hour, delivering everything, I love it.”

Victor is a graphic design freelancer turned entrepreneur who runs Chi Studios in Shanghai. Although he wanted to design cars as a kid, he’s now an owner of graphic, branding & visual design studio.

Victor’s parents are Chinese but he was born & grew up in Valencia, Spain. There he was one of the only Chinese kids around, growing up with people looking at him & saying ‘oh Chinese, Chinese…’.

We spend some time diving into how his early experiences impacted his life & career. For example, how he inherited his work ethic from his parents while working in their restaurant as a kid. Or how early in life he was shy & introverted, wanting just to be invisible & to fit in. But how that ultimately changed later in life as he embraced his differences and it led to him being more successful.

Now Victor fully embraces his unique upbringing to combine Chinese culture with a global design perspective for his clients in China.

+ How he transitioned from freelancer to Entrepreneur
+ Being one of the only Chinese kids in Valencia
+ Struggling to be ‘invisible’ as a kid
+ Working in a Chinese restaurant in Spain
+ Benefits of working from a young age
+ How he saw being different as an advantage in college
+ The value of Chinese culture but with Spanish / global mindset
+ Transitioning from an industrial designer to car designer to visual designer
+ Maintaining single or multiple version of oneself
+ Separating family & business apart with his wife leaving the business
+ Working with spouses & cofounding a company together
+ How ‘being yourself’ can even help to the grow the business
+ Getting shit on by a bird and how it can help with networking
+ How to get rid of work stress
+ How happy people work harder

Victor’s studio – Chi branding & design
http://chistudio.cn/en/home

Victor on linkedin
https://www.linkedin.com/in/victorchisun/

Music:
http://www.bensound.com

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