About Me

Hi, I’m Daveia Odoi, the creative force behind DNT Dynamite Design, LLC.

DNT Dynamite Design is my canvas for delivering professional illustration and graphic design services since 2008. It’s also home to TheDynaSmiles.com, where my joyful artwork finds its way onto tangible products like calendars, notebooks, and t-shirts.

With over 15 years of experience as a creative professional making a living from my art, I now use this space to share personal insights on growing and sustaining a profitable business fueled by creativity.

Because if I can navigate the challenges of being a widow who’s now a single mother of 2 and still pursue my dreams in building a business around me and my art, then so can you. Let me show you how!

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My Story

Growing up, I always loved to draw but never allowed myself to dream big enough to pursue anything related to art as a viable career path. To me, it was just a hobby. Thus my dreams never ventured too far. The conventional path—school, job, family—seemed the safe route. 

Yet, after college, where I double majored in Information Technology and Africana Studies,  I landed a graphic design role at a Fortune 500 company and quickly excelled. The position helped me see the very real and achievable prospect of thriving as a creative professional.

With the gentle push from my best friend and college sweetheart, Edmund, I went on to earn a master’s degree in Graphic Communications Management and founded my graphic design business which I worked on the side. In that moment, life was very good—Edmund and I married, moved into a nice neighborhood, and welcomed an adorable son.

Despite having a full plate, I began yearning for more creative freedom. Corporate life hit a ceiling, while my side hustle thrived, demanding more attention. Yet, leaving my ‘safe’ job posed a challenge. To trade a salaried position with benefits that help you care for your family for the unknown is extremely nerve racking and risky.

After much prayer and preparation, I finally took the leap in October 2015. After a decade in corporate, I left to pursue my path as a creative services provider and independent artist. The two years that followed went extremely well, reaching heights I never thought possible including welcoming a second baby—this time our precious little girl.

But in April 2020, tragedy struck—my husband, my best friend, and the father of our two beautiful children passed away from cancer. It was (and still is) devastating. Our worlds changed in an instant.

Now, navigating life as a widow and a single mother, my journey is still unfolding.

Through this platform, I offer a window into my experiences of cultivating a successful, creativity-driven business while grappling with personal loss. It brings me solace to think that my narrative could inspire someone else who is dealing with life’s hardships to persevere and find their path forward.

Scriptures I Work By…

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
~ Matthew 5:16

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave.
~ Ecclesiastes 9:10