Hello everyone! Welcome to Travelers.Connect on The Rissa Rissa Blog where we will be featuring fellow travelers from across the world and from different walks of life. I have created this segment to inspire those who wish to travel, want to make traveling a career, or for those who are seasoned travelers and want to gain more insight on what other travelers are doing.
Happy New Year fellow travel lovers! This is the second interview for Travelers.Connect and I am so thrilled to be introducing you to my long time creative traveler and visionary friend, Bryan Coello. Bryan and I connected a few years back via social media. We both share a passion for seeing the world, art, and living life to the fullest. It has been amazing to see Bryan flourish over the years personally and professionally. As someone who has inspired me with my travel adventures and living life to the fullest, I knew he would be a great asset to this segment.
To follow Bryan's adventures, get inspired, or both, follow gq_bryanc on Instagram and check out his website www.bryancoello.com. Both platforms will give you insight into his creative projects, travel pictures, and blog. Along with being a visionary, traveler, and blogger, Bryan is also an Art Director, fashionista, and knows New York and Germany like the back of his hand. If you are thinking about traveling to New York or Germany or want advice on how to be an Art Director, send Bryan an email on his website or send me a message on Instagram.
Thank you for joining us Bryan. Before we delve into more specific questions, can you give our readers a little bit more background information about yourself?
Sure. I was born in a tropical paradise known as Honduras. I was raised in the concrete jungle of New York. Since an early age, I’ve been inspired by my surroundings; including music, the global people and cultures of New York, art and of course fashion. This has led me to travel across the globe in search of new opportunities and growth. In the last five years, I’ve learned to call Germany my home.
What was it like being a kid in Honduras?
I grew up in Honduras until the age of seven. My memories of Honduras are a blur but I do remember the smell of the after rain mixed with the fresh soil. I also can't forget the palm trees and hot sun kissing my face. It's a beautiful place.
New York City
How was the transition from Honduras to New York?
This story itself is a very long one. I'll give you the short version. First, I'll start by explaining why I moved to New York in the first place. My father had immigrated to New York while my mother worked in the Argentinian embassy in Honduras. They had a long distance relationship until one visit my Mother decided to stay in New York. Therefore, like many Central Americans, I immigrated through the Mexican border a few months later with an aunt. The process took some time and it wasn't an easy one.
Would you say your experience from moving from Honduras to New York helped prepare you for adulthood? If so, how?
I don't know if prepare is the word. The transition showed me many things on the way but I guess for a child it was a very complex one. America can be cruel and racist. Indifferences don’t make it any easier. Only a Latino can understand what it really means to grow up in America. These experiences are now a part of me and have made me a stronger person.
Prior to moving to Germany, how did you envision your life?
Moving to Germany was never a thought, I never really thought of leaving New York until my last year of college. I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Many students were from abroad, or in most cases, from high society families. So I would hear their stories of summers in Europe or holidays in crystal blue waters in Greece. That's when I started to look at opportunities abroad to fuel my curiosity of seeing what all the fuss is about. Doing some research, I ended up deciding that London would be the right city due to the language.
In your blog, you stated that many people thought it was risky and crazy of you to move abroad. What made you take the leap? What would you say to these people now?
I think some people feel fear when going alone to a far away place, away from their families and friends and away from what they know. It's a scary thought, I agree, but I'm the kind of person to rather try something than regret it later. I'm impulsive. Once I've made up my mind, I don't question it. Therefore, two weeks after graduating, I moved to Europe. I took that leap and I couldn't be happier.
What would I tell those people now? I say that they should try something before fearing it. That's what life is all about. Exploring and discovering the world and yourself.
I couldn't agree with you more. Let's talk about your career. What exactly does an Art Director do? What does your day to day look like?
Everyday is different. As an Art Director, my main job is to solve problems for brands to connect with people. For example, some brands want to tell stories or sell products but neither would be relevant to people unless it's useful or relatable to them. My job is to bridge the gap between the brands and people and connect the two. It's a fun job where I can be creative and continue to learn about interesting topics. In the past four years I worked with Bayer. You might know them from the pharmaceutical world but their second biggest business is Agriculture. I helped built a transparent online communication between the public, farmers, scientists and critics alike. The main goal was to raise awareness and present solutions to feed a growing population through agriculture and its advancements. You can see and find out more about my work and what I do on my website www.bryancoello.com.
George Town in Penang Island, Malaysia
So far we have seen that travel is very prominent in your life and a passion of yours. What is it about traveling that you love? What are the countries you have traveled to so far?
Traveling is prominent, but most importantly, you should keep an open mind. It's all up to you to take away from the experience of traveling and what you seek. I for one like to learn about the real people and places. Therefore, I try to stay away from the touristic experience. In the past four years, I have traveled to a few places like the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
Video from London
Video from Batu Caves in Malaysia
Which place is your favorite?
I don't have a favorite, they are all great. They each have a special thing that really made my experience and travels enjoyable, from the friendliest folks in Indonesia, to the great variety of foods in Malaysia.
Where would you like to travel next and why?
The next place in the bucket list is to backpack or travel through South America. To explore the Galapagos Islands, climb up Machu Picchu and eat famous Peruvian ceviche as a reward. South America has so much to offer and explore.
Pictures from Marsa Alam, Egypt
South America would be amazing to visit! Tell us about your website. For those who have not seen it yet, how would you describe it? How is it unique from other creative websites?
My website is unique in that each project is a part of an idea, a feeling, an experience. Like traveling, creativity really has to do with open mindedness and exploring possibilities. I invite your readers to never stop fueling their natural curiosity and creativity that's inside all of us.
Left picture is from Kuala Lumpur. The picture on the right is from Bali.
Before we conclude, I would like for our readers to leave with words of wisdom. As a Latina, I love seeing fellow Latinos making it in the world and living their dreams. What advice would you give someone from our community who is trying to make it, but perhaps is having a hard time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel?
My words of wisdom would be to never let anyone tell you that you can't do something. Believe in yourself, follow your heart, and keep dreaming. You'll get there eventually.
Thank you again Bryan for your time with us and sharing your story! Fellow readers and travelers, let us know what you think of Bryan's interview and send us follow up questions. Also, if you like this article, please like and share. You never know if one of your social media friends or followers may enjoy this interview as well.