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Mandee Bence: Profile + Interview

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Mandee Bence: Interview


The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Keys to success

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

That’s a tough question. Just a girl ;)

Why do you do what you do?

As a designer, I love to inspire other people. I also love to create products that help people, and things that make people feel cool when they wear them. I love combining trend with function, making peoples’ lives easier.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

When I was a teenager I began modeling, but I loved the behind-the-scenes of the fashion industry so I decided to study design in college. After receiving a bachelor’s degree at Otis College of Art & Design, and paying my dues at various internships, I quickly excelled in the design industry.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Doing a lot of work for zero pay is tough to do, especially for years at a time. But that’s what it takes in the industry; you need to out-work everyone else before people appreciate your work. I always had the drive and motivation to keep going and I knew my hard work would pay off.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

I’m grateful that my family supported me in becoming who I am today. I also believe a few of my past managers / bosses mentored me and taught me most of what I know. I’ve had a few ‘internet supporters’ who have messaged me and told me that I inspire them, which is always a great feeling.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

I think I make mistakes almost every day! It’s important to learn from them. All my experiences good and bad have made me who I am today.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

I have a ton of upcoming projects at work that I can’t talk about. But as far as modeling (which I consider a hobby,) I’m excited to soon work with 40’s & Shorties, and Dr.Jays soon. And I’ve teamed up with a new upcoming app that is going to be huge!

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

If you do what you love to do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Don’t let anyone hold you back, and always put yourself before others. Do what makes YOU happy. If everyone did that, everyone would be happy.



Mandee Bence: Profile


Full name

Mandee Bence



Place of Birth? (city, country)

Los Angeles, California

Where you live now? (city, country)

Orange County, California

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Dad is from So Cal, Mom is from Taiwan

First Language?


What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Accessories Designer at New Era Cap

How long have you been doing it?

3 years +

Fav Song

Too many favorites

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Partynextdoor, The Weeknd, Drake

Fav Movie

Fight Club

Fav Actor/Actress

Always changes but right now I love Dakota Johnson

Fav Clothing brand

Stussy, Dope, Petals & Peacocks, Stay Cute, Social Decay

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

Martin Depict, Jatecson, Jayscale (photographers)

Fav Sport to watch

Baseball & basketball, but usually at a game, I don’t watch sports on tv much.

Fav Sport to play

Beer pong





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