Saturday, July 9, 2011

Where Do I Go From Here?

A college friend of mine found me on Twitter today through my blog on Genealogy. It was a surreal moment, because I had just been thinking about her only two days ago. Monete and I had the same classes, and had similar dreams of making it big in the graphic design world. It was kind of funny, remembering her passion for Photoshop while my own passion was geared more towards vectors and I loved Adobe Illustrator. She would help me in Photoshop and I would help her in Illustrator. It was a win- win situation!

There are just some talents that God blessed people with and I think God put me in her path for a reason. So after graduation, she moved away from the metro Atlanta area and we kind of lost touch, until today. Now I've moved away and she is still making a go of it in the graphic arts world. I thought, "Okay, now I have a degree, it's only a matter of time before someone likes my work and decides to hire me!" Boy, that was a huge smack of reality! So what am I doing with that piece of paper that I framed? Well the degree is still in its' frame, hung up on my bedroom wall. I now have an Associates degree in graphic design and animation that has only become a hobby at most. That paper reminds me of how expensive that particular hobby actually was.
Another lesson learned, right?

This is a graphic image I created using Adobe Creative Suite

Now today, only five years later, I have finally found what I love to do. But how many people actually can say they make money from writing blogs? This blog has become my baby, I guess. I always loved reading and writing, except when it was required in high school! At that time all I ever wanted to do was get a job, get paid, and go home. I didn't want to read Shakespeare plays or write Haiku poems; I wanted to grow up fast, become a writer, get out in the real world and make something of myself. Thinking back to when I was 16, I was infatuated and very addicted to reading the Harlequin romance novels. I could finish one book in a day, and then I'd be at the library checking out a dozen others. After reading so many of them, I thought to myself, "I could do this!" So I did. I wrote my very first manuscript and submitted it to an agency in New York City. It was accepted, but the agency had a fee associated with publishing the book. I think it was two thousand dollars back then. So where is a teenager supposed to get that kind of money from without having a job?  My mistake was thinking that the manuscript wasn't good enough for them to publish my work, so I requested the manuscript back and I then threw it in the garbage! Now I wish I had at least held onto it!

So where do I go from here? I think I will stay on this particular path, because it's something I love to do.

 Need a Graphic Designer? Try Monete!


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