A journey of self-discovery
Art school was surprisingly challenging on multiple levels; I went in thinking I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and was then horrified when I was surrounded by hundreds of people who were all doing it a lot better than me. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, so I spent a lot of time trying to figure that out and not being extremely productive. I went on a journey of artistic self-discovery and ended up somewhere completely different. All in all, it was a good experience. After art school, I think you expect to fail and never make any money; the money part is true, but it was a nice surprise to get some recognition for my work.
It’s a balancing act
My biggest challenge has been trying to balance everything while doing two different jobs – especially one that’s a non-profit and self-funded! But with the help of my visual communications degree, I learnt the importance of being able to structure a project effectively. My degree also gave me the ability to work independently, and master useful skills like art direction, website design, the Adobe Suite, photography and film.
Go with your gut
Reach out to people, be confident and concise with your practice and self-promotion. And always email twice! Nobody answers the first email, so make sure you follow up. Pursue your creativity and never give up; of all the doors that close in your face, one will open, and it will be worth the wait (wow, that unintentionally sounds like a strange little poem!).
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