Creative Director and Designer, Bagio White has many notable works under his belt. His notable collaborations include a long list of prominent celebrities like King Bach, K camp, Amanda Cerny, Jacob Whitesides, Tinashe and many more. Bagio’s however says he attribute a lot of his creative process to a stable mental health and focus, an issue that he says was a struggle to keep inline in the past.
“I have created a lot of awesome work in my career, and in this industry, you have to have a lot of metal resilience” white said. “When I first broke into the print industry, I was really young, so I really didn’t have the guidance of someone to tell me how crazy and intense it was. I remember I use to burn myself out trying to take on too much workload at one time and it really took a toll on my mental health in my 20’s” White states
White says his metal state was so bad at one point that he admittedly left DOPENESS for a short while due to his mental health decline.
“It was a very dark time, I remember when I was about 23 years old when I totally burned out, and I ended up in the hospital for a while due to stress seizures and a serious strain on my recognizance. For a while I had no choice but to walk away from DOPENESS and my creative director duties, because my mental health was in shambles” Bagio stated
White eventually returned to his duty after his recovery a feat which he states was difficult especially when he was trying to find mental stability after his ordeal. He went on to say that eventually found a way to get his mental state in order and that it was the greatness thing he ever did for his creativity.
“Honestly the entire ordeal was scary and heartbreaking at the time, because I felt that I was never going to be well enough again to create these beautiful artform that I loved so much and that my readers enjoyed as well. I manage to find my footing over some time with my mental state, by just doing a lot of activities and practices to keep my stress in good standing. In my opinion I was the best thing that I could’ve ever done for my creativity because I returned with a newfound sense of innovation. All I could say is that people shouldn’t take their mental health for granted, especially artists and creators, having a good standing mental health does wonders for your creativity and innovation. So, go ahead and take that well-deserved mental health day [Laughs]” White stated
Being the lead creative director of magazine company White said it was more so imperative to be well rounded and focused because he creates art for the masses. He also later went on to say that his focus felt more refined and that he now welcomes the intensity of the print industry now more so that he is aware of the importance of having a good metal health.
“It was really important to me to get my mind in a right place because I create a really important art for based around editorial that I think the world enjoys. Now I’m more in tuned with my mental health and it honestly refined my focus on success. I don’t really worry about how crazy my job as a creative director gets. I’m actually more pumped to solve more problems and create my art in my field, and I attribute most of that to my good mental health” White stated
Well said, you can check out Bagio’s creative work at DOPENESS Magazine and on his website at bagiowhite.co.