when I attended high school, I drew on all my work sheets. During contests or competitions that involved art everyone knew I'd enter, eventually I felt even a sense of pressure to participate. I love art, my drawing is rough and my illustration skills are amateur at best... But as I approach my 4th year of college I feel a new pressure weighing me down lately.
Since being accepted into college and experiencing being surround by such amazing and talented people I've long since made up my mind about working in the creative industry. Can you imagin it? New, exciting challenges every day and working as part of a team to actually get paid for your ideas and creative insight! However, these 4 years have educated me on more than my field of study...
My Bachelor's Degree is in Graphic Design, essentially it's like being a digital handy-man whose expected to know everything from printing business cards to coding websites. To be perfectly honest, it's really restraining and ridiculously competitive. My designs for branding are decent but it feels like everytime I become mediocre at one skill I discover there's another where I'll need to master just to hold down an average Design job... It feels like I'm constantly striving for the middle.
School is just practice, the industry is the real deal and that frightens me. Not just that I won't be useful but because time I've invested can never be taken back. The cliff I'm approaching is huge and intimidating, I'll survive it regardless if I fly or fall, but the impact will hurt just as badly. My reason for writing this isn't to whine or bring attention to myself, more like bring attention to everyone who faces this cliff in their lives. And praise those who willing leap forward braving the anxiety and uncertainty. Would you leap or do you require a push? Ultimately I like to think experiences help prepare us just to aim for new heights.
Thank you for tolerating my little rambling, it's 6:30AM and I watched RT content that made me feel oddly philosophical. TTFN, Ta Ta For Now