You may remember my sweet friend Elise of Hey Sweet Pea who shared some fabulously helpful tips about twitter on our blog awhile back. Elise is a Brand/Design extraordinaire, and I am so excited to partner up with her and offer a fabulous giveaway! The one thing that pops out to me about Elise in the past year that I have gotten to know her, is her ENTHUSIASM! It’s literally catching, and very inspiring. So I asked her to share her story with us.
“When dreams come true”
A brand designer’s story
Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a graphic designer. But not just any graphic designer. I had high hopes and dreams that someday I would work in Hollywood and someday I would own my own small business.
With these high hopes and dreams, I started designing on the computer when I was 12. I was the thankful owner of the Adode Creative Suite, I was buying Photoshop tutorials left and right. I was literally up all night sketching and writing down ideas.
I landed my first internship when I was 16. It was a summer full of internships. I interned at branding houses, website companies, and film production companies. It was during this season that I started to hone in on my niche and my favorite type of design.
At 18 I decided to pursue a job in Hollywood. Two weeks and 20 interviews after I decided to take the job offer from SONY PICTURES. I was young, naive, self-taught, and so hungry to learn. For three years I literally sat/designed under the best of teachers and worked on the marketing for some of the biggest blockbuster hits.
On the eve of my 23rd birthday, I decided to launch out on my own. I packed my bags, said farewell, and moved to Dallas, Texas with my ever-supportive fiancé, Scott. And I was scared. I didn’t know if anyone would hire me as a freelancer. I didn’t know if I was going to make it. But I sure as heck was going to try! Two months later, I wasn’t just a freelancer, I was a small business owner. I had three contractors working for me and a booming business.
We are now six months in to being small business owners. Scott and I are busy planning the future of our business and so excited/humbled by our company’s success. We’ve met some of the most fantastic people and have been given some of the most amazing opportunities.
Looking back, it’s crazy to realize BOTH my design dreams came true. It’s truly a scary/humbling/crazy/exhilarating feeling. I also feel incredibly thankful. At the end of the day, none of this would be possible if it weren’t for the people who believed in me. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the heros in my life who said that I should pursue my dreams. So thank you, everyday heros. You made one little girl’s dreams come true.
Giveaway: As a way to say thanks, I’m giving away one BRAND COACHING SESSION to one of you dreamers out there! You can read all about the sessions here.
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