Making it real

Making it real

Hello there everyone! My name is Milli and welcome to my blog and my first ever blog post! I don’t see myself right now as anyone particularly talented at writing or even at graphic design but the purpose of this blog is for me to grow and become someone who is talented at those things.

This blog post ultimately right now is a snapshot and a record of how my freelance career will begin. Most of the blogs I find focused around freelancing, the owners didn’t blog about it at this point in their journeys so I feel it’s very important for me to write it and have a record at this time.

So the reason why I’m even interested in freelancing occurred a little bit before this time (January 5th) last year. At this point in my life, I was studying for an art and design diploma and had no enjoyment left in the work I was doing for the course and I had lost faith in any career choice that was ‘creative’. I was all set to drop out and shift my focus onto studying academically however, a week before christmas my brother sent me an iPad. A pretty strange link I know, but this what the thing that shifted my mindset.

For my art course we had to write a personal statement as part of our projects. I thought about what I would like to do and wrote a hypothetical personal statement about freelancing and then it clicked. I had this feeling that it was something I actually could do, and would enjoy doing. Then, along comes the iPad and it opened up the whole new world. I stumbled across freelancing blogs and was hooked. From the blogs I discovered podcasts about business, freelancing and design and I knew it was what I wanted to do, like a switch inside me had suddenly flicked.

A lot of my free time I used consuming freelancing content and it completely changed my mindset on how I approached life and school. My enjoyment for my course returned when I incorporated graphic design into my work and I got the highest grades I’d ever gotten before because I put the work in. I also applied to study a graphic design degree at my college and I’m currently studying it now and loving it!

However, despite the fact I spent so much time last year consuming freelancing content I didn’t actually do anything practical to start and this is what I want to fix this year. I had a lot of frustration because I wasn’t sure how to find clients, how to make a name for myself or just where to begin taking practical steps and it left me stagnating and not taking action. I knew it was something I wanted to do and I had the knowledge of how to create successful design and how to be professional but I didn’t know how to make it real.

2016 is the year I’m going to make it real. The past few weeks I’ve been brainstorming and I am going to begin doing two of the most important steps I can to make it real and that is: blogging and putting myself out there. I’ve had some wonderful discussions these past two weeks with designers and the feedback I’ve gotten is that I’m on the right path to making this real.

I am hoping this blog will:

  • Be a wonderful record for me to look back on
  • Help me reach out to other new freelancers
  • Help me improve my writing skills
  • Help me grow as a person and achieve my goals

Thank you so much for reading this and being a part of my journey. I will be keeping track of what I learn and sharing what I find out each step of the way!