In the past couple of days, I had the pleasure of chatting with two artist friends who have been in the field of graphic design and illustration for many years. Eric and Lynn.
Lynn started her career working as an illustrator for fashion catalogues, then moved into art direction for a large toy company and travelled the world. Now, she is a sculptor in Manhattan Beach, CA.
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Eric started his career as a graphic designer. “I thought I was going to be a designer my whole life,” he said. Now he owns and operates Corkboard.com.
The takeaway from our conversation was, don’t be rigid in where your career is going. As Eric said, once you are a designer, you will always be a designer and think like a designer.
Sometimes you are thrown into opportunities, or life changes course when you don’t expect it. In the creative field, no trend or project lasts forever, and you have to be prepared to move on to the next phase of your creative career. When a door opens, be ready to enter!