My Journey: From Photographer To Designer

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In the past few weeks I've gained a lot of new followers so I wanted to say hello! Let this be a bit of an about me post and maybe an inspiration post of how you should never give up on yourself.

Right before 9th grade, my county allows you to pick which high school you want to go to based on what you want to be when you grow up. For people that have no idea, you can just go the school closest to you. I originally wanted to be a vet (HA!) but as I thought about it more I knew that math and science wasn't something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. As I flipped through the booklet they gave us, I stumbled upon photography and thought, "hey, I can try that". 

Fast forward to senior year, I was accepted into 4 art schools and planned on majoring in photography. I loved how photography could capture moments, convey emotions and tell stories. Throughout college I was always excited about our new assignments and impatiently waited to see what my classmates created. Analog photography was my favorite because of how you are responsible for its creation from shooting to developing. 

Then came graduation. I was set to receive my BFA and be shoved into the "real world". While I was contemplating what to do with my life, I came to the realization that I hated freelancing. I shot for family events and even shot a wedding but each time I loathed it. I loved taking photos for myself, not others. This obviously became a problem because how the hell would I make a living without being a starving artist? In school we would have some graphic design students take our classes and they'd show us their work. I always admired it but I made myself believe that I wouldn't be good at it so why try?

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Two years out of college with too many receptionist jobs on my resume, I decided to make a career change. I went back to school for graphic design and thank god... I loved it. Since then I haven't looked back. Unlike during my undergrad, I began doing projects outside of class and built up my portfolio.

Fast forward to today, I just began a new internship as a graphic designer. If I would've asked myself if this was possible in 2015 I would have thought it was impossible. But here I am.

To all upcoming or new grads: don't give up. If you're happy with your current career path, keep going! All of your hard work will pay off. Stop selling yourself short and get out there. If you're thinking that maybe your current path isn't right, change it! There is nothing wrong with starting fresh. You will get to where you want. 

I hope that maybe my story can relate to yours and that you'll understand that the world hasn't ended if you're stuck. Everyone gets stuck, you just have to figure out how to get unstuck.

Second Photo by Matt Ragland on Unsplash