Did I find Graphic Design or did it find me?
I’ve spent my whole life immersed in creative pursuits, from drawing to sewing, poetry, photography & scrap booking. From a young age I enjoyed the creative flow, it still amazes me how time flies when I’m completely engrossed in a project.
When I entered college my end game was to become a photographer, like those who work for National Geographic. I floundered through my first year of Visual Arts and then I struggled with Bachelor of Arts before dropping out of college completely.
A personal crisis sent me back home to my parent’s where I started working for a local company as a janitor. Two years later I’d gone from janitor to the production floor & from the production floor to their Marketing department. I saw the “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” play out in my own life. I was asked if I was interested in coming into the marketing department to do graphic design and be the marketing assistant. They needed someone who was creative and were willing to train me on the software.
I attended weekend classes to learn the Adobe Creative Suite, and I fell in love with graphic design. I learned while on the job, I’m mostly self-taught in both graphic design and marketing. Once I discovered that graphic design was a perfect outlet for my creativity I was hooked. I wanted to learn more, so I went back to school. I took my graphic design diploma via distance ed. while I continued to work full-time. The theory behind graphic design amazes me, and I’m drawn to typography & the psychology of colour the most.
I’ve been freelancing off & on for the last 10 years, mostly working with small to medium businesses to help them establish their brand identity. About 6 months ago, I took the leap into full time freelance, after I spent two years losing my soul to another production company.
I think I needed to live through that experience to learn how to stand up for myself. I also learned my worth as a graphic designer and that the skills & knowledge I bring to the table have value. Not only do I love what I do, I’m good at what I do.
Finding LinkedIn & these groups filled with amazing people has been such a blessing. I love learning from others who have been in my shoes and I look forward to helping others who are coming up from where I came from.