Dina Lu

i. I work as a Calligraphy Workshop Instructor (for the public and for corporate team-building events).

ii. I do this creative work because:
I love spreading the joy of calligraphy to other people and helping them make special gifts and cards for their loved ones. I also love the idea of being an entrepreneur; running my own calligraphy business is a dream come true!

iii. Personal qualities that help me in my work are:
Positivity, self-motivation, and persistence.

iv. The greatest challenges around doing this work are:
Right now, I’m finding it hard to get a good balance between teaching calligraphy and working on developing my business. Teaching is a physically and emotionally demanding activity, so I’m still trying to figure out how to manage my energy well.

v. Creative childhood hobbies:
Arts and crafts, piano, journaling, blogging.

vi. Other creators who inspire you:
Every single entrepreneur who never gave up on their dream inspires me.

vii. Training that has helped me in this career:
I always think of myself as a DIY girl: I’ve always loved to figure things out for myself. I taught myself calligraphy through YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest. My previous work experience in corporate and government offices has taught me people skills, business development and marketing skills, which I’m using a lot while running my calligraphy business.

viii. A common trap that can hurt people in this career:
Definitely feeling like you’re not good enough. But people don’t realize that in the creative community, people are so open to helping and we are all creators of our unique work.

ix. Some proud career moments:
A huge turning point was quitting my 9-5 job this year to take my (then) side calligraphy business into my full-time work. I’m also quite proud of teaching over 40+ calligraphy workshops this year.

x. If you want to work in my field, I suggest that you:
Get connected! Don’t underestimate the power of networking.

xi. A professional goal I have for the future:
Run a calligraphy blog and travel the world as a work remotely!

xii. If you want to see my work, go to:


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