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Meet Abel Mejia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abel Mejia. 

Hi Abel, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started in my native country, Ecuador, about 7 years ago when I tried to make a paper mask for my son for Halloween. Browsing the web, I found a digital file and I began to follow the instructions, I finished it all in around 5 hours and gained more than just the result of the mask. What captivated me the most was the therapeutic process, the calm and tranquility that I felt in those 5 hours. At that time, I was the owner of a restaurant and I exhibited them there, all the clients liked to take photos with my masks and that generated a lot of satisfaction, however, it never stopped being a hobby. In Ecuador, as a result of the pandemic, we had to isolate ourselves in our homes for 4 months and in that time, I assembled a piece of artillery whose result showed that this art is not limited only to masks. Since then, I’ve been more focused on decorative pieces. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
In fact, the road has just begun, I think that going to the next level will undoubtedly have its difficulties but I am characterized by my perseverance. Right now, I am trying to get to know the environment, trying to get more followers and clients in my social networks so that they know my work and, in that way, capitalize myself to go up to the next level, which is working with steel. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I have a university degree in advertising and marketing. Here in the USA, I work in a family business where we provide tax advice, insurance, payroll, and the creation of new companies, majority of them which are Hispanics. While in the US, I find most of my motivation comes from my son. What differentiates me from others is that I am very passionate in what I do and my work attests to that. 

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I consider that the essential characteristics for success, in general, are perseverance, honesty, patience, faith, and above all self-confidence. 

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Araceli Trejo

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