Employee Spotlight – Da’Sha Jones

“The way I could blend art with technology to tell stories was mesmerizing”.
Our Employee Spotlight this month features Da’Sha Jones: Motion Graphics Designer. From wanting to be a meteorologist, to writing poetry, this girl does it all. Da’Sha talks with us about what drove her to being a Motion Graphics Designer and why she’s so passionate about her work here at Mills James. Check out the full interview with Da’Sha below!

How long have you been at Mills James?

I’m thrilled to share that I’ll be celebrating my 10-year anniversary at Mills James this year! It’s been an incredible journey filled with learning, growth, and wonderful memories. I can’t believe how time has flown by, and I’m truly grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had to contribute to our team’s successes over the years.

Where were you before Mills James?

Prior to joining Mills James, I worked at an advertising agency located outside of Cleveland. This experience came after college, and it provided me with valuable insights into the world of advertising and marketing.

What led you to being a Motion Graphics Designer?

It’s funny how life takes unexpected turns. I always wanted to be a meteorologist, but after high school, my creative side couldn’t be ignored. So, I followed my heart to Art School. There, I stumbled upon Motion Graphics and Visual Effects, and it was like a lightbulb moment. The way I could blend art with technology to tell stories was mesmerizing. That’s how I became a Motion Graphics Designer – a combination of chance and chasing what truly excited me.

Do you have any artistic hobbies outside of being a designer at work?

Of course! Beyond my work as a designer, I have a range of artistic hobbies that I enjoy pursuing. I find a lot of satisfaction in using spray paint to create various visual pieces. Writing poetry is another passion of mine; it’s a way for me to express my thoughts and emotions. I also have a knack for floral design which I find incredibly relaxing. And then there’s my love for cooking and baking, which allows me to experiment with flavors and presentations. These hobbies not only balance my creativity but also add a personal touch to my life outside of the office.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Inspiration for my work comes from everywhere! I often find great ideas on Pinterest, get motivated by creative videos on Vimeo, and even pick up storytelling cues from TV shows. It’s all about staying open to the world around me and letting those influences shape my work.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The toughest part for me has to be when I come across clients who aren’t sure what they’re even looking for. It can be a bit of a puzzle to figure out their needs and preferences, it requires a lot of patience. But, I see it as a chance to practice my people skills and find solutions and create their story for them. At the end of the day, it’s all about making sure they leave with a smile, even if it starts off a bit rocky.

How have things evolved with VFX/Motion Graphics since you started in this industry?

New tools and trends swoop in all the time. We are always learning the latest software and keeping an eye on what’s new.

Is there a particular project or memory that stands out for you?

While it’s hard to pick just one, there’s been a bunch of exciting projects and memories that have stood out during my time here. I really enjoy working on events – it’s so thrilling when you see your hard work come alive on a big screen and watch the audience react with excitement. But you know what really gets me excited? Tracking/Rotoscoping and Compositing. It might sound a bit nerdy, but diving into those projects and making sure every detail is spot on, it’s like solving a puzzle.