I'm so grateful for the amazing clients that allow me to do the work I love to do.
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My work in retail all through high school continued through my 20's. Looking back we busted our butts then—long hours, all nighters, traveling, relocating—oh to have all that energy again! Although I still find it hard to get excited around the holidays...you work for Toys 'R' Us for 10 years and then you tellme how much you like Christmas…
I still have the rejection letters saying "…We do not feel you have the qualifications necessary…"
I went back to school in my early 30's and got a degree in Multimedia Design. I loved it! I had such an appreciation for it—the learning, the interest, the experience—much more than I would have right out of high school. Maybe that's the key, take a little break after high school before jumping into college, especially those that do not know what they want to do. Live a little, have some life experiences, let life unfold, discover that yearning. But once school is done there is that part of 'starting over'. It's the old saying, no one wants to hire you without experience but you can't get experience until you get hired.
Print, graphics, logos, animations, UI design, Flash, demos, games, interactive, eLearning, full-time, part-time, contract, freelance, agency, Microsoft, Edmark, MRM - just to name a few...
The agency life was exciting—the high profile clients, the large projects, the money—it enabled me to develop skills, have some great experiences and build some great relationships.
But something always seemed a little off for me. Instructions and feedback always came through a 'project manager', but most of the time void of the clients real challenges, the struggles, the pain. Why this? Wouldn't this be better? But at that point it was too late, countless hours had already been spent by the powers above making those decisions. By the time it got to design/development it was our job to just produce the deliverables, and not be concerned with anything else.
I like the big picture.
I like knowing how everything fits together and how all the parts affect the others. Maybe it comes from all those years of retail management. You were running a store, you didn't concern yourself with just the cashiers, you had to manage everything—all the employees, the dept. managers, the merchandise, operations, training, sales, budgets—you had to know what was going on with everything in order to have an impact and achieve the desired results.
At the end of the day I like the personal connection of working directly with a smaller business owner. The artist. The builder. The recruiter. The winemaker.
I learned my satisfaction doesn't come from a boss saying good job but rather from the business owner that tells me that it was enjoyable to work with me and I've made his job easier, that her website had enabled her to gain exposure and sell her paintings, and that his customer didn't know he carried those lines until they visited his redesigned website - an extra order of over $30,000!
I want to know the work I do makes a difference.
tends to be very clean. I like white space, balance, uniformity