My journey from working as a corporate designer to a freelance graphic designer in Arizona has been full of its ups and downs. It has shaped who I am as a designer so I feel that is important to share with you.
I grew up in Centerville, Ohio spending my early years in a barn, riding horses and listening to country music. I discovered art class in high school and quickly realized I had a knack for it and really quite enjoyed painting and drawing. This was not entirely surprising to my family since my fathers side is filled with artists of all sorts-(painters, graphic designers, pottery etc.). I was strongly encouraged to attend art school and it was one of the best things that I have done. I had an amazing four years, learned a lot and graduated eager to take on my new career.
I have always been a hard worker and during my senior year I was taking 11 courses, working two jobs and one internship at Ten United Worldwide in Columbus, Ohio. Upon graduation I was offered a position there and that is where I spent the first year and a half of my design career. I worked on various accounts such as Boys & Girls Club of America, Dads Dog Food, Huntington Bank and Perkins Restaurant. While I loved the location and it was a good first job, it was not creatively challenging or exciting so I moved on to a small design firm in Grandview, Ohio where I worked at a small business, in a more boutique environment. Again, this was still not what I was looking for so at this point I am questioning my choice of being a graphic designer as my career.