“The most important thing to do is to figure out what your unique personal style is and not feel afraid to be creative. There are a lot of cookie cutter artists, and I wonder if they’re afraid to do things they don’t think will be as marketable. There is no magic formula. It’s about something authentic and original—it’s you, immediately.
“Figure out what you can do that challenges the ideas you learned in school, that’s really you. You’ll have better luck doing that than what people expect of you.”
Nerd. Artist. Chemist. For Valluzzi, her accomplishments are not what is expected of her, but rather, what she chooses to accomplish.