Things haven’t come full circle yet! I smile, I frown, I jump, I slump. My journey to become a freelancer hasn’t been rainbows and butterflies. The question that keeps me up all night is…how it is going to come full circle?!?!?
I enrolled in the WordPress Bootcamp and it all started with some awesome front end developing teachings. Now, I get to the WordPress Unit and I’m paying for yet another website (thankfully there was a coupon). I want to experience everything and learn all the avenues, but now that Adda is sharing all the success stories it’s leaning me towards envy and jealousy instead of inspiration. But, I guess I’m responsible for how I take all this is. (roll my eyes). What makes me even more sick, is I’m using wordpress to express all this! I know how to modify things, but I don’t know how to start! Where do I start? Why am I not asking my instructors these things?!? Pride? I’m only making myself look stupid…sound stupid.
This is the turning point of my story, right? I want this.
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In 2013 I became a freelance graphic designer. I had a degree in digital media so I called myself a graphic designer. Unfortunately the competition ate my humble pie.
My one mistake about going freelance is not taking charge of the resources out there. It took my employer putting me on probation and the fork in the road looking so slim. I gave myself more avenues when enrolling in a Bootcamp Blueprint from Skillcrush.com, where hey teach you tech skills without getting all technical on you.
I’m currently on my third month of the Front End Developer Blueprint and I’ve been reassured, challenged, and inspired. My goal is to be a web developer full time. So far, I just need to market my skills…put myself out there…and take control of my work life. And of course HAVE FUN!
Skillcrushing to infinity and beyond!
My retirement from hyperactivity on DesignCrowd.com lasted for about a month now and I almost bypassed my contest win. I was already in autopilot highlighting junkmail and trashing it all. But, this time the email preview on my phone looked a little different. “Design Selected,” “Payment and Files Approved!”, and “New Message” were unusual subjects for my eyes. Wow, was my heart racing. Obviously, I opened the email that said “payment”. LoL. And it was true. My eyes did not deceive me! MY FIRST CONTEST WIN!
If my fiancé were home he’d be the first to know. Instead, I called my mommy. (wink). Both were not aware of my contest submission for The Espresso Masters. Likewise I was unaware of my design being considered. It was a surprise for everyone, even my PayPal account.
My stomach felt light. My chest full of butterflies. I refreshed between email and Design Crowd account for a reality check. It’s real. I ever got a little teary eyed. This win definitely gives me a boost out of my graphic design woes. Knowing myself though I just have to be cool and humble about this win. It’s a small penny for a couple hours of work. My heart will be persistent.
This design helped me find my style and figure out a presentation that. Honestly, it’s thanks to The Espresso Master’s thorough description of what they wanted in a design that helped. I wasn’t initially invited to the contest, so I’m glad I stumbled upon it. And my purchase of the Back to Basics Index book helped me stay focused as well.
Design inspiration can come from anywhere and evolve out of nothing, really. I was doodling my to-be-born-nephew’s name (MICAH!) and it just wasn’t looking baby-worthy. So I decided to incorporate his theme animal (picked by his parents) the elephant. It wasn’t working out to it’s full potential and it just wasn’t floating my boat. So instead, I drew Micah’s very own elephant. I named in Eli the Elephant.
Then, baby products came to mind and I thought Eli the Elephant would work great in a favor label design or even a baby shower invitation. The overall concept of Eli the Elephant led me to infatuation and I went animal basirk! Eli the Elephant wouldn’t get so lonely anymore! I threw in the familiar jungle friends; Levi the Lion, Nana the Monkey, and Gigi the Giraffe.
I actually met Levi the Lion at the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park too. He was a big guy. Very smart too. I couldn’t keep my eyes off his babylike personality.
Anyways, there was a edit and reediting process to this label and invite. I just played with everything. The hardest part were the colors. Finding the right color and the right combination. I did some extra research on these jungle invitations so I’m within trend or fashion. Hopefully I nailed it. And it is now for sale $1.75 each printed invite on zazzle(dot)com. InReachDesigns(click) The more you buy the more you save. If you would like to disgust a custom design with my Cutie Animals please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My elephant sticker design for baby showers, baby announcements baptisms, birthdays, etc. When you follow the link you can choose the text that goes above the Cutie Animal. $5.50 for a sheet of 20 stickers. I get 12% of the cost. It’s a start I guess. We’ll see how it does.
I’ve been contemplating my options for selling my digital designs. I stumbled upon zazzle.com. Here I can upload my designs to be printed on various products FOR FREE. You give the royalty percentage based on how much you think your design is worth. Above is a link to my first sticker design.