Hey! I'm Justin Sansom
non-binary - he/she/they
Hey there! My name is Justin Sansom. I'm from Oak Park, Michigan and I'm a Capricorn sun, Virgo rising, & Pisces moon. I identify as Non-Binary and my pronouns are he/she/they. I'm an extroverted-introvert, very caring, and a diligent worker. In my spare time, I enjoy writing poetry & music, reading, binge-watching a good TV show, and playing with my dog Prince. I currently reside in Los Angeles, California.
I was a model from 2013-2020 and I absolutely loved it. Modeling became a passion of mine over the years and was one of my main creative outlets at the time.
I began modeling in fashion shows. As time went on, I started networking with photographers in the Metro Detroit area and fell in love with print modeling. As a child, I struggled heavily with my identity and sexuality. I navigated through life never really knowing who I was for a long time. Though, modeling helped me express the creativity that I wasn't able to express in my youth.
I chose to go by the alias "Giovanni" as my alter ego when I was in front of the lens. When I was a kid, I always came up with nicknames or different identities for myself, as a way to escape my reality of being Justin. However, when I started really getting to know myself, I found a new appreciation for "Justin" and chose to embrace my birth-given name.
My goal with modeling was to continuously explore myself, conceptualize creative ideas for shoots, and to positively impact others with the confidence and motivation to be themselves.
I'm a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing & Advertising. I've been a graphic designer since 2017. I didn't expect to work in this field after graduating... truthfully, I didn't know what type of career I wanted. Marketing didn't fulfill my interests anymore, but I continued to pursue my degree because of scholarships & the fear of starting over.
My first post-grad job was a marketing intern role at a small print and design firm; eventually, I taught myself how to use the Adobe applications and began designing. Then, I was hired as a project manager and gained a vast amount of experience in designing, printing & production, and consulting.
Then, I transitioned to Plante Moran, an accounting firm in the midwest. I sharpened my knowledge and skills while fulfilling a production designer role there for three years. It was my first corporate job, and I got a taste of benefits and work perks! I enjoyed my time there and all of my colleagues. Eventually, I realized the 9-5 life & my role didn't fulfill me enough to want to grow there.
Now, I'm a freelance CEO of JS Designs and have designed logos for Kraft Heinz and all of the marketing materials for The Creative Playground, in Downtown Detroit, Michigan.