Nicole "Nyk" Rayne
Director of Operations & Design
Nyk has always been both an artist and a business person. She has been drawing since she became capable of holding a pencil, and on the flip side of that has been recognized for her business tactics since winning entrepreneur pirate during a costume contest at the age of 10, when she borrowed the mic from the MC of the contest to ask everyone to please give their cash and valuables to her mother who would be walking around to collect those items. Sadly, people assumed she was joking and did not follow through.
Nyk took on her first managerial role at 17 when she was promoted to front of house manager of the Old World Pantry & Wine & Grill room on South Padre Island. Her next venture was with Blockbuster Video, were at 21 years old, Nyk was one of the youngest people to be awarded Rookie Store Manager, having worked her way through the ranks starting as a cashier. Nyk was in line to complete District Manager training when Red Box and Netflix began to corner the market. After five years with the company, Nyk decided to leave Blockbuster as they began to make drastic budget cuts and started her first business, Sticks & Stones Landscaping. Two seasons of hot Texas sun later, she sold off the company’s equipment and customer accounts for a small profit and dissolved the DBA.
From 2008-10 Nyk shifted gears back to her first love, art, and earned her BFA in Media Arts & Animation from the Art Institute of Houston. Aside from 16-hour course loads, she continued working in retail as a commission-based sales associate at the third largest Guitar Center in the world. While there she was awarded the “2009 Vibe Award” for her contributions to the morale of the staff and overall customer service.
During her final year at the Art Institute Nyk started her second business, Truncheon M Productions under which she copywrote her first cartoon, The Adventures of Dr. Blah-kman & Mr. Meow. In January of 2015 Truncheon M’s Kickstarter Mr. Meow Plush & Pilot was successfully funded resulting in a line of Mr. Meow Plush toys. The Pilot episode is still underway.
From 2010 to 2014 Nyk worked for Powerhouse Animation Studios in Austin TX. After which she opened her third business, 1000wordstudio. Nyk has had the privilege of creating art for Coca-Cola, Disney, Planned Parenthood of NYC, the American Physiological Association, The Center for Sexuality Education, Grantland, and Harper Collins Publishing.
Never completely leaving the business world for art, Nyk also worked for Bank of America from 2014-16 allowing her to learn the ins and outs of the professional banking industry. From 2014-18 Nyk contracted with The Central Texas 7-Eleven FOA as their Administrative Manager handling their day to day operations, meeting schedule, vendor relations, social media, and various other tasks.
Nyk began working with UN|HUSHED designing graphics for the Middle School Curricula, website, and handouts. As the business has shifted to a non-profit entity Nyk has now taken on the day to day operational duties, and is excited to continue developing the brand, profitability, and website functionality of UN|HUSHED. When she’s not working, she enjoys drawing, listening to music, and building tiny structures on her property in Austin, TX.