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Moving On From the Cubicle

Are you a laid-off creative? Land on your feet!

Welcome to the new year! It’s 2015 and if you’re like me, your job has kicked you out. You might not view this as a wonderful, blessed, opportunity but trust that it is. The world has given you a combination of circumstances to start a new year, a new career and a new journey in life on your terms. Did you even like your cubicle? Did you enjoy getting spec sheets so well laid out you wondered why in the heck they even call it creative? Well, now all that nonsense is in the past. Welcome to your new life!

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It's Just Fifteen Minutes

Here’s a confession: I work as an artist, yet sometimes I don’t feel artistically satisfied.

Don’t get me wrong: I adore my job. As a portrait photographer, I get to document growing families, capture the stars in an engaged couples’ eyes, make cute kids giggle (sometimes they just scream, but let’s focus on the positive here, shall we?), and preserve the memories of pregnant mommas’ nervous excitement. I work with my clients individually, getting to know them as much as possible so that their portraits really reflect their personalities. I help them plan out their wardrobes, think of neat props, and talk to them about the small details that can mean the difference between just a snapshot and a gorgeous photo. I’m constantly scouting out new locations, eager to be able to connect my clients to a place that perfectly fits them and possibly means something to them. During the shoot, I try to subtly emphasize that connection between the people and the location they chose. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle sometimes and I find the challenge fascinating.

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5 Freelance Problems + How to Fix Them

Choices can overwhelm a client who’s new to graphic design. To guide them in the right direction, showcase some specific examples – preferably your own work. Arrange five to 10 contrasting options in different categories like typeface, shape and color. Your client may not be able to articulate the image they want, but looking at ideas will at least help them decide what they aren’t looking for. That’s a step in the right direction.

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3 Steps to a Successful Transition After College

Life after college whether you’re a graduate or a dropout can be exciting and scary.  I decided to cut my college career short in order to run my business full-time.  This was something I had considered for over a year, and in November of 2013 I finally committed to the decision. At the time I had dropped out, I had my solid list of clients and projects that would keep me afloat on my small amount of bills. When you go from a structured Monday through Friday schedule to doing what you want, it’s easy to get comfortable.

During the first few months, I spent a lot of my time on social media, watching Netflix, and going out. I finally felt free.  And while that was fun for a short while, I realized that I wasn’t really going anywhere.  There wasn’t as much progression as there should have been.  If I was going to sacrifice a successful college career, I needed to make sure I was going to be a successful business owner.

Within the past year I’ve gotten more valuable clients, more work and I’m earning way more money.  I finally had to do these 3 things to make my transition from college student to college dropout more successful.

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20 Reasons to Pursue a Creative Career

The stigma of the starving artist runs rampant still today, although the phrase may be rooted in a time as early as the EUROPEAN ROMANTIC ERA. People are often ostracized for pursuing their creative passion in lieu of a more traditional career.

Lucky for the artsy at heart, the surge of the technological industry in recent years encouraged a metamorphosis of creative jobs – social media marketing, graphic design and blogging, just to name a few. Today, those with an eye for color or a way with words can find their niche in the white-collar world. Bill Gates even said “I THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY THAT PERSONAL COMPUTERS HAVE BECOME THE MOST EMPOWERING TOOL WE’VE EVER CREATED. THEY’RE TOOLS OF COMMUNICATION, THEY’RE TOOLS OF CREATIVITY, AND THEY CAN BE SHAPED BY THEIR USER.” That may be one small step for the modern Monet, but it’s one giant leap for the population of creative people seeking professional success.

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Handlettering with Jon King

Well, to be honest, I never said I want to start lettering. It just kinda happened. I have always been interested in lettering as an art form. It has fascinated me for years, and I fell in love with amazing designs that could be created by just using letters, but I never tried it for myself. That is, until last March when I went to the annual design conference at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point called nowHERE. They had a very talented letterer and now acquaintance of mine, Xavier Casalta flown in from France to teach a lettering workshop. I took the workshop and had a chance to finally explore lettering. I loved it! Since then I have honed my skills, growing as a letterer and artist, developing my own styles, and offering the service to my clients. It has been an amazing journey and it's only getting better!

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