Riccardo Giraldi: Opportunity Will Take You Places
Everyone makes sacrifices to get where they want to go. We sat down with Riccardo Giraldi, Principal Creative Director at Microsoft, during CAMP Festival 2017 and heard about the tradeoffs he’s making to grow his creativity.
“Life balance in the U.S.A. is the opposite of Italy.” —Riccardo Giraldi
When Riccardo left his hometown in Italy 11 years ago, he told himself that he would only be gone for six months. He still thinks he’ll go back in six months. He likes to plan life in six-month increments.
Everyone he loves is overseas.
For now, he’s in Seattle, working for Microsoft and building his skills so he can bring not just his expertise, but new opportunities, back home someday. His hometown of 60,000 people is home to every generation of his family and many of his friends. Riccardo is pretty much the only one who left home. He says it’s really difficult being so far away—a 15-hour flight isn’t exactly something that can be done on a whim. But he’s motivated to one day open a studio or a school on his return, and he’s still in the process of achieving all the skills required to do that in a great way.
Make the most of opportunities.
In the meantime, Riccardo enjoys balancing the quality of life and work opportunities at Microsoft in Seattle. He’s found a version of the more-relaxed, personal time that people appreciate in Italy. His version of work-life balance isn’t mutually exclusive. Riccardo's personal interests and career journey are aligned; there’s a deep blend between work and life and he spends time outside of work learning and reading more about his passions—creativity and design.