Next year marks the 10th Anniversary since I left my safe/in-house full time design job to fly solo. I literally handed in my notice before the big recession started (obviously I didn’t know that was about to happen), but taking a risk paid off. I felt like a number & not an individual working for such a big organisation whilst the experience set me up for life & I met a number of fab creatives. It just wasn’t for me.
I started off freelancing, which then led to bespoke commissions, licensing deals, a product label &bigger & better licensing. There have been many trade shows, art shows, overseas trips, agency work, setting up a 2nd company (Make it in Design), writing e-courses, Co-founding a magazine, a major copyright infringement battle, book deals, overseas trips, lecturing, teaching & delivering seminars at shows, a fab team & I’m currently working on a 3rd stream to my business!
There have been highs, lows, exhaustion, stress, tears (both sad & happy ones), little sleep, lots of sleep, laughter, silliness, complete moments of feeling like ‘what the hell am I doing?’ Along with euphoric moments of ‘this is best job in the world!’ but generally there has been an array of amazing stuff. I’ve worked so hard, I’m a firm believer of that you can make anything happen if you really put your mind to it but I also believe in serendipity, paying attention to the signs & most of all I’m quite spontaneous & take chances. I’m not super confident, I just think what’s the worst that can happen you get a no or it doesn’t work out but at least you got to live the experience & know you tried & probably have a funny tale to tell!
My design career has been a creative whirlwind, I’ve seen my work decorate almost every area in the marketplace along with a diverse range of applications from furniture, textiles & greetings to clothing & cars! I’m so lucky to have these experiences. However, as much as I wouldn’t change a thing I wish I had someone to guide me at times. This is why I Co-founded Make it in Design as I want to share my experiences to help you in your career. I want to give back to the design community & build a brilliant network of go-getting creatives.
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Good luck & get going!