I’m sort of terrified to put this in writing for the whole worldwide web to read; however, I figure if I put it here then I’m obligated to make it happen (and I swear this has much more gravitas than my to do list). Okay, deep breath.
As I wrote before, I lost my job about a month ago. In the meantime, I have been compiling my portfolio and sort of half-heartedly looking for a new full-time position. I was going through the motions you’re supposed to go through but my game face wasn’t on. My heart was not in it. Most likely because deep down I knew that I truly did not want to work for the man (or woman as it may be) anymore. At least for now, what I truly want is to be my own boss. The master of my domain, if you will. So here I go, internet. I’m going after my longtime dream of being in business for myself.
“I say who! I say when! I say…..WHO!” (Name the movie.)
Okay, probably a poor choice in movie reference but I couldn’t resist.
My new full-time job description: freelance designing, blogging, an Etsy shop, and any other creative gigs that pop up along the way. I’ve got a lot of groundwork to cover and I’ve been devouring online resources like these over the past several days. Any advice from the peanut gallery is welcome here. Drop me a comment or contact me using the link on the left to share your own self-employment stories (please, no nightmares at least at first) and I will be forever grateful.
There it is. I said it. It’s out there. I can do it, right? Right. Right?
(Photo by much ado about nothing on Flickr.)
Filed under: art envy | Tags: Elisabeth Perotin, Etsy, illustration, photography
A few weeks ago I received an email from French photographer and illustrator Elisabeth Perotin, introducing herself. I love to hear from new artists, especially when they find me from all the way across the pond. Elisabeth’s work is beautifully dreamy. Her illustrations are lovely and I like how she juxtaposes them with her photography. She has both a blog and an Etsy shop if you’d like to see more of this talented lady’s work. Here are some of my faves.
I had an amateur photoshoot at my apartment yesterday for my “headshot” to include in my online portfolio. Thanks to my dear friend’s mini tripod (you know, for those impromptu portraits that pop up here and there), I was able to pull off a decent shot. Beck was not pleased about sitting in that chair but that’s a long, neurotic story for another day. There are plenty of outtakes with him leaving the “set” but all I needed was one good one.
This is it.
Filed under: random
A lot has changed in the past seven days. Unfortunately, my company had to make some cuts and I was among the ones that were let go. It was a total shock at first, but within a matter of hours my mood did a total 180 and I was, well, excited. Yeah, yeah…the broken record: everything happens for a reason…blah blah blah. But it’s true. I’m truly ready for my next adventure, whatever it may be.
I learned so many valuable lessons over the past (almost) four years, both professionally and personally. I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world. My job taught me about having visual standards and I developed my own aesthetic from being exposed to amazing work everyday. I met lifelong friends and mentors. My coworkers are what I will miss the most and, if I’m being honest, what kept me there for so long.
This week has been dedicated to getting my resumé and portfolio in order and, I have to say, it is a BEAST of an undertaking. But I’m taking my time because I want it to communicate who I am; not just what I can do.
So now I start a new chapter. I’m not sure what it will be, but I’m so psyched to find out. I’ve heard similar stories before about people being laid off from their job and then finding their life’s work. I hope mine plays out in a similar manner. I’ll keep you all posted on where I land. Thanks for being my outlet.