Coming from a government-dominated city in Canada, I find it hard to find the opportunities that I am interested in. That's why I turned to the Internet. After endless applications for remote positions in companies I dreamed of working for, I decided to start freelancing. My professors in college had talked about it quite frequently, and I thought I should give it a try. Although I enjoy working regular hours, I love the freedom of working when it works best for me. But that's for another post.
This is how I came to be who I am today, and where I want to go next. Here is my past, present and future.
When I was young, I always had a pencil, instrument or paint brush in my hand. I loved to create and I thrived off of my creativity. Art and music were my favourite subjects.
I got my first guitar when I was nine and I thought I would grow up to be a guitarist. Sometimes I still wonder if I had kept up with my lessons, could I have been a guitarist today?
Visual arts had always been something I was into as well. I think it must have started when I decided that I would give the walls a new paint job with pink sparkly nail polish to my parents disappointment. Art class was the best part of my day, not only getting to create but also learning about the history behind the creations.
And then there was English class. Another place I was able to create. I loved (and still love) getting lost inside new worlds that I could immerse myself in when I need a break from the real world. My favourite time of the day was when the teacher would give us a creative writing assignment. It was the one place where I could make anything happen.
As I started getting older and progressed into high school, I had taken up learning more instruments and trying new forms of visual art while still keeping up with writing. High school was the time where I knew I had to decide where to go next, but I didn't have a clue where next was. The only thing that I really knew was that I had to do something where I could be creative.
In Grade 10 I took a marketing class. I was able to create small (and not very good) ads. It was in that class that my teacher told me that I should consider going into advertising and marketing. So I did.
Flash-forward into college. I enrolled into an Advertising and Marketing Communications Management program. I spent three years working intensively. The program has an extremely heavy workload, but I am glad that it did. I was introduced to everything you can imagine about the advertising industry. Here are some of the things that I learned:
- The anatomy of a good ad
- Ad History
- Adobe programs (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, Muse)
- Media Buying
My program really covered everything and worked to give us a unique experience that we could carry for the rest of our lives. There were trips to New York and Toronto to visit some of the most well-known and prestigious agencies in the world, which was inspiring in itself. There were overnight bootcamps where we were given an assignment which had to be completed by the next morning. There were opportunities to do real work for real clients. There were endless assignments and activities to make sure that we really knew what we were talking about. Personally, I believe the most important part was working on a portfolio.
Since college ended, I've worked at an internship for a great company here in Ottawa. After my time came to an end there, I decided I would love to work at a remote position for a company that I love. Despite my efforts, I found that I didn't quite have the experience to score these jobs. Even though I am a fast learner and really enjoy it, that wasn't enough to get me into one of these positions. So I decided I would gain experience through freelancing. This brings me to where I am today. Working hard, and also looking hard for work. I have aspirations and goals, and since I am just starting out I can only go up from here.
Thanks for reading through my Wizzography! Here's a few quick facts about me and some links where you can connect with me.
- My favourite food is deep fried pickles. If they're on the menu, they're on my plate!
- I love attending concerts, but I do not like general admission.
- I also love the outdoors. I spend a lot of my time outside.
- I love video games. I play the Wii U, 3DS, original Xbox, even my old Gameboy and old computer games from my childhood.
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