You know the expression "to come full circle"? To have started as one thing, then evolved and afterward come all the way back to the beginning? I feel like I started to go around one and then jumped off the outside line into the center of it. There's a little bit of everything in the middle.
Before I knew which direction I wanted to go, I was always very artistic. I was good at drawing, painting and just generally being crafty. While fun, I knew that realistically, being an artist wasn't something that would pay my bills. I knew that I was good at writing too, so why not try that? I started placing myself into positions to help this seed grow.
It was joining the team for my school's paper that really put the spark in me. While I liked the writing, it was laying out the pages for each issue that made me realize I could make a living by being creative.
I had a lot of fun in my graphic design program. I did a number of small jobs afterwards and eventually came to a place where my other skills resurfaced as well. I'm now both writing and doing design work. I like it a lot because I feel like I get to create a whole which works well together. I'm not just fitting a square peg into a round hole.
I like the challenge. With the work I do, I'm sending a message - both verbally and visually. I like helping people, and I'm essentially working to convey something to them in the most clear and concise way as possible. It makes me feel good to see the results.
And that's why I say it's like I jumped into the middle of the circle. I didn't go around and come back to the same thing, but I've meshed a couple of things I found along the way. I've learned a lot about myself and how I work while doing so and I hope that this won't ever stop.
My goal right now is to learn more about the marketing aspects of what I do. This area of communication is one that fascinates me and I believe that finding out more about how it works will help me better convey my ideas. I like being faced with obstacles and coming up with solutions for them. It keeps stimulated and keeps me going.
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