We had the good fortune of connecting with Ronson Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ronson, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought came to me in college. Graphic design had been a hobby of mine since I took a class in digital media in high school. I was a part of several organizations at the University of Houston, and something that always got brought up at meetings was how to get the word out about our events to more students. I was able to contribute my skills little by little at first, and eventually was asked to do more, even for organizations I wasn’t a part of. That’s when it hit me, that I could really turn this hobby into a way to make some extra money as a broke college student. And that’s where RNSN Designs came from.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
RNSN Designs is all about bringing a client’s vision to reality. I’m not good at traditional arts & crafts, so graphic design was the way that allowed me to express my creativity and turn what I imagined into something real. I’m largely self taught, so one struggle has been forcing myself to never settle and seek out ways to make the next design better so I can better serve the next customer. Thankfully, there are so many resources out there in our digital world today that anyone can use. If anything, I want people who see what I’ve done so far with RNSN to be an inspiration to turn their own visions and dreams into something real, and not just something to hope for. If you can dream it, you can definitely achieve it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is a hard question for a home body, haha. 8th Wonder, Crawfish Cafe, Breakfast Klub, Les Givral’s, and Larry & Laney’s Soul Food are all places I recommend.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s plenty of people who have encouraged me along this journey, especially my family and close friends. Idefinitely have to shout out the organizations I was a part of at UH that allowed me to work on my craft, specifically the Zeta Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., NAACP Unit #6806, and the University of Houston 2018 Homecoming Board.