This month, let's meet gi_leiva, one of our dearest members, who is going to celebrate her 7th anniversary as an eyeka creator in May! This Argentinean freelancer is always looking for learning, as her favorite quote from René Descartes says: “I would give everything I know for half of what I do not know.” Let's know more about her!

Tell us a bit more about yourself!

I'm from Córdoba, the most Mediterranean Argentine province. I'm 40 years old, I'm in a relationship with Mariano (42) for 24 years and we have 2 sons: Agustin (21) and Ciro (11). I work formally in the engineering department of a telecommunications company, but I got the greatest professional satisfaction as a Freelancer, especially as a creator ... in Eyeka.
I have a curious and self-taught personality, I love to investigate and learn new things, even those that are very technical or that are outside my "comfort zone". I am not afraid of the challenges, if something is far from my general knowledge, I deepen the research until I can understand what I need. Surely it is for this reason that I feel so good in eYeka: it allows me to grow in knowledge in each of the contests in which I join.
My dream is to live from my ideas and my creativity, whether in my country or any other that gives me the possibility to use my imagination to contribute to a better future for all.

How did you find out about eyeka?
The truth is that I do not remember how I got to eYeka, but I always say that I am "an internet girl" so I probably found this community looking, learning and researching new things on the web.

Do you have a creative process? If so, can you share a bit of your secret with our community? Where do you look for inspiration?
After much trial and error, I realized that the secret is to read and reread the brief to be completely sure what the challenge is, what the company needs and, above all, what our target wants. I usually investigate a lot the target audience: I am interested in knowing what they want, what they are talking about and what they need. Then, I select those "keywords" that result from my research and that will be the starting point of my proposal. After this, it's just a matter of giving my imagination complete freedom ...

When submitting an entry, how do you keep positive if it is rejected or not selected as a winning entry?
Once again, I will be honest: it is very difficult! It is inevitable to feel disappointed with myself when I think I have a winning idea and is rejected in the first moderation! However, I have to thank the moderators because every feedback received offers very valuable advice that allows us to improve each of the proposals and then be accepted without problems.
Generally, when the results are published, I am already focused on another contest. If my idea is not winning the disappointment lasts a little and sometimes it helps to give me more momentum in the new ideas that I am building.

What would you like to achieve (or have already achieved) with the prizes you will win/have won? Unfortunately, in my country, we are living a very complicated economic situation. We are in the middle of a crisis that includes constant increases in prices and rates, inflation is high and unfortunately our salary do not grow at the same rate. In this context, the eYeka awards have helped me to continue with my family without suffering economics needs as many of my compatriots are suffering.

If you had to describe eyeka in 3 words, what would they be?
Knowledge, community, opportunities

On May 5th, we will celebrate your 7th birthday as an eyeka creator. Amazing! How does that make you feel? What have you learned from the last 7 years?
7 years! Wonderful! I love being part of this beautiful community. I never felt anything negative in eYeka, both the comments of the moderators and those of some creators were always constructive and always take them into account because I think there is a good vibe around here. Thanks to eYeka I learned a lot because in its contests, not only asks me for new ideas, but also challenges me to perfect my techniques and expand my knowledge to achieve worthy presentations, which can live up to the great professionals who are part of the entire creative community.
I think what I value most of all this time in eYeka is the enormous amount of knowledge acquired and the wonderful community of which I feel part. It's like a beautiful global family and super creative.

Finally, is there anything you would like to share with our creators (secret, tip…)?
The main thing: "DO NOT BE AFRAID". Do not underestimate or be frightened by a contest that seems outside your "comfort zone". Search, read, research and learn about the subject. Improve techniques and eliminate the phrase "I cannot". As my husband says: "The world is of the Audacious" ;)

Thank you so much Gi!