Eight years ago I wandered into a job at a company called Silpada Designs. I was coming off of a 6 month stint at trying and failing to be a successful freelance graphic artist. What I mean to say, is that I stayed at home all day and drew. Pencil to paper and pen over pencil. I was 26 years old. It didn’t work out. So I went back to what I was always able to do, customer service.
Over the course of those 8yrs I became content in my role at said company. I occasionally had desires to do something else or transition. But I was helping people everyday, and I was comfortable. So I stayed. I’d eventually become a worker who’d accepted that I may retire with the company one day. I remember hearing people from the previous generations telling tales of punching a clock for 40+ years because they had to. They didn’t like it, but it provided. So who am I to alter tradition? So I’d relegated myself to staying on board forever.
But life has a way of altering your plans. Today, eight years later, I wandered away from a job at a company called Silpada Designs. They went out of business, shook my hand and thanked me for eight years of service. Eight years later I have done nothing to advance my life professionally, so I’m left with the prospect of sitting in another chair, behind another desk, under another headset, thanking another person for calling another company for another team of bosses. A company where I’m another bolt holding it all together. Don’t get me wrong, the world needs bolts and brackets to keep it all together. But that has never felt like it was for me.
I’m also faced with the prospect of maybe (just maybe) facing my potential. That’s always scared me to a degree. But here I am, 34 years old with so many deserted ideas slotted away in my rusty imagination. A stalled merry-go-round collecting dust from years of no use. A room full of dancers frozen like mannequins, just standing there waiting to take another step. It’s time for me to give life to my dreams again. Remove the dust, polish the edges and get everything moving and dancing again.
I am using this opportunity to become a full-time, freelance graphic/visual artist. I specialize in hand-drawn artwork. I work well in black ink and pencil or charcoal. I am great at flyer design, text layout and overall page formatting to maximize space distribution. I am available for commissions, business logos, collaborative projects, wall murals and anything else we can create together. I am also an amateur woodworker who can build custom shelving and other wooden furniture items.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions. Or comment here.
My Portfolio can be viewed through my Facebook Artist Page, here