It’s been a long month since I’ve last posted but I think that’s perfectly normal being a full time student.
I’ve actually done a lot of researching in this past month, and in this have been very inspired and determined.
First off, I cannot express how much I want this semester to be over. It’s been rough through breaking almost all my technologies (including my macbook) to projects that I have no will to work hard on. Probably not the best semester to have learned code in but that’ll be one of my New Years Resolutions so I’m already on top of that.
I haven’t been letting my job get in the way of my happiness either. I used to stress over it all day, sometimes even more than my school work. Which.. wasn’t the best situation. But as the days go on, I continue to learn the struggles of my place of work. The only thing I can do is (if I ever own a company or am the boss) is be the best I can with what I’ve learned.
I suppose I’ll go ahead and share some tips that have helped me get through this month:
- Don’t change your deadlines. A recent project that I had been working on for a while got put on hold for an indefinite amount of time. Luckily, I’m quite used to this but it’s still not a good place to be when your deadlines aren’t actually your deadlines at all.. My advice (unless it’s out of your control) is that when you give yourself deadlines don’t just let them pass because they’re your projects. It’ll help you in the long run.
- Be passionate about what you do. I know that Graphic Design is my travel companion right now, but it’s certainly not my destination. I’ve been feeling a little irritated about my job for a good six months now, but I’ve learned that you’ve got to talk about what you do in a proud (but not snooty) manner.
- If you’re really interested in something. Just get started. It’s hard to think about things you “could” do but really all it takes is for you to just start. I know my goals have changed in the past week and the only thing I can do is to put my foot in the door.
- Finally, some things won’t seem possible, with scheduling and everything in your life. But don’t be afraid of getting that “no” email or talk. If you don’t try it’ll always be no.
Along with my lessons learned, I’ve finally found my calling.
I’ve been searching forever for this calling. That thing that you are passionate about and that you’ll work forever to finally reach that goal. For a while now I thought it might be Graphic Design. I wasn’t the best at it, but it was something I could sometimes get excited about. Then I thought maybe marketing was my true self since I love working on a team and talking to groups of people. But then I recovered a love that I found my freshman year of college: Art Direction.
Not just any Art Direction, art direction for film and theatre. This was finally something to get excited about. Set Design, Costume Design, Lighting! It’s never the same job and it’s always good fun. After my excitement calmed down I had to think about how the hell I was going to make it to this goal. I have a few plans of action and luckily I have this insane drive inside of me to do this. I’ve bugged my advisor multiple times to please let me take theatre classes (still don’t know why Fine Art majors can’t take Set Design…) along with checking out books from the library and emailing every theatre in a 20 mile radius to try and volunteer.
I’ve never felt so determined in my life. I will make this happen. I know this all sounds a little dramatic but I truly believe in having a dream job and life. For now, I’ll be working on newsletters that will get printed a semester late but step by step, I want to make this happen.
I also want to make sure I blog more since I actually have a lot of tips from all these books.