Shinah Chang: From Corporate Attorney to Crooked Calligraphy (GPP92)

Shinah is a whiskey-loving, curse-word slinging, Harvard-trained former corporate attorney who left everything behind to find her passion. 

Shinah spent her entire life on the straight, “proper” path. She went to an Ivy League college, then a prestigious Law School, then worked her butt off as a corporate attorney for a big international law firm.

But, after one too many days of uninspiring work and nights of sleeping under her desk, she decided she had to reclaim her life! She quit her corporate law job and explored so many creative avenues – knitting, woodworking, drawing, graphic design. But CALLIGRAPHY is what she fell in love with.

Shinah needed plenty of inspiration along the way, but the usual sugary, fluffy stuff about beauty and dreams didn’t reflect what she was really feeling. So she created Crooked Calligraphy to spread creativity, courage and honest, gritty life inspiration through calligraphy.

Crooked Calligraphy has worked with huge brands like Disney, Anthropologie, Jo Malone, and Dom Perignon, but Shinah’s favorite work is teaching calligraphy and encouraging her students to look their fears in the face and move toward a life that will make them happy.

This week on the Get Paid Podcast, Shinah joins us to chat about how she gave up her career as a lawyer to start her calligraphy business, being a model minority, and what a professional calligrapher makes. (📷 credit Valerie Vogt)

“I had to do all of the exploration, the trying, the failing, and the learning along the way in order to be ready for calligraphy.” — SHINAH CHANGClick To Tweet

This Week on the Get Paid Podcast

  • What a professional calligrapher makes [04:51]
  • “Tiger moms” [09:44]
  • Being the model minority [15:50]
  • Burning out and quitting her job as a lawyer [31:35]
  • Finding and monetizing calligraphy [40:24]
  • Creating and launching her first online course [48:56]

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