The first post is always the hardest. It feels like such a defining thing whether it is a blog post, Instagram post, Facebook post, or whatever. I think I’ve tried to start a blog three times in the past year, and I’ve tried to write this blog post about four times now. It keeps turning into a novel. I want to talk about graduating college, my first ‘real job’, and why I quit. It keeps circling back to why am I even writing all of this out for anyone and everyone to read?
So the reason I’m blogging now, for real this time, is because I’m on a quest to make it in the art and design world. Almost as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a badass female web designer and developer, a photographer, and traveler. I taught myself HTML and CSS in middle school. In high school I took every photography class, and digital art class available. Then I even went a step further, and did an independent study of digital art because I wanted to learn more about digital art.
There was never a doubt in my mind that I was going to college (I mean when I was in 3rd grade I thought I was going to get a PhD in Egyptology). I had my eyes set on an art school in Portland, Oregon. I got in, and I got a scholarship. Ultimately, I couldn’t afford it, or any other private art school for that matter, so I went to my backup school. I could write a whole thing just about my college education, but I’ll fast forward a bit for now.
So last year I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, emphasizing in photography and digital art with a minor in Technology, Arts, and Media. Part of me thought, ‘Okay, you did the thing. Sixteen years of school. Now what?’. Another part of me knew despite sixteen years of school, and some self-taught skills I was wildly unprepared for this creative career I wanted. So I got a full-time customer support job at a tech start-up.
It was a great experience, don’t get me wrong, but it was a far cry from the badass web developer/travel photographer I thought I was going to be when I grew up. Those aren’t exactly my career goals anymore, but my passion for art and design never went away.
So back to the reason I am starting a blog…
I want to share what I currently know about the art and design world, what I got out of my four years of majoring in art, probably some art history and theory, and my experience shooting concerts, weddings, and portraits. I also want to docuement this personal endevor of trying to make it in the creative industry.
And how am I going about that? I’m currently working on getting a design internship, which means applying for jobs, but also just emailing magazines and agencies to see if they have any opportunities. I’m also working on teaching myself UX and design theory, hand lettering, and digital marketing. So my goal is to gather all of the resources I am using into one tidy place that I can reference, and if you are interested you can reference too.