The Wave of Change… an Artist’s Journey

I have been slack in my posts and my projects lately, because as of late, I have been swept up in a tumultuous wave of change crashing through my life.

I’ve been working at the same design firm for almost seven years… which is the longest I’ve worked anywhere. This can mainly be attributed to the fact that the people I work with, including my bosses, are wonderful people – like family to me.

I have come a long way since I first started here. I took a production artist position, knowing there was no guarantee that I would ever get an artist’s chair. Eventually I was given a small job to test my skills, and it all exploded from there… to this day, where I can say I’ve earned my badges at being a skilled senior designer, packaging design expert, and illustrator.

The company is shifting and has been for some time now, though, so the opportunities for me to do creative work have been less and less, and so the inevitable has happened; I’m moving on.

There have been tears and laughter, incredible triumphs and some painful learning experiences. I am sad to see this part of my life end, but I’ve been stuck in place for a long time and I’m excited for more growth and challenge again.

I will still be working part time for awhile yet, and will retain work for them as an independent contractor, but there is definitely some big changes ahead. I don’t know yet whether I will move on to work for another firm, or open my own business and take contract work.

I’m scared but excited… I am a bit sad but I can’t help but look eagerly ahead to what awaits me. I know I will take with me the best of these last seven years, and build on them.

I am talented, intelligent, experienced and skilled… driven and passionate. I am positive, optimistic, and joyful!

I am a Creative.

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About symondezyn

graphic designer, illustrator, and artist of many skills... always striving towards new challenges and goals, and always with more projects than time to do them in!! View all posts by symondezyn

10 responses to “The Wave of Change… an Artist’s Journey

  • Miss Crayola Creepy

    A new start, you can do whatever you want. I am excited for you!

  • Maddie Flanigan

    New beginnings are always a mix of scary and nervousness but it is what helps us grow and become better. I wish you the best of luck in your new endeavors!

  • Joanne

    Good luck! You’ll be awesome whatever you do am sure 🙂

  • ooobop!

    Your creativity and positivity shines through and I have total confidence that this is a brilliant step forward for you. I got shoved in the deep end about 12 years ago and was forced to go it alone. I was a single mum of 2 young children and no job!!! It was probably the best thing that could have happened to me. I threw myself into creating my portfolio, finishing my cv and applied to about 5 agencies. I went freelance and never looked back. Its great being in the driving seat. Just think … you can book yourself time off to sew whenever you want!! Just wish I would take some of my own medicine sometimes! Good luck with wherever this takes you. It’s gonna be a great ride Im sure! x

    • symondezyn

      Thank you so much, my friend 🙂 Your words of encouragement, and support mean the world to me – especially seeing as how you’ve been down the same path; that’s just the kind of stuff I need to hear right now 🙂

      Working at an agency has its benefits – you get the social element and the benefit of bouncing ideas off other designers… on the other hand, I’ll admit being in the drivers’ seat has its allure!!! The thought of booking time off to sew definitely occurred to me HAHA!!

      It’s so good to have your perspective on this – thank you so much, and please feel free to share your thoughts with me ANYTIME! ^___^

  • Lavender

    I am so happy and excited for you!!! (And apologize for not seeing this sooner – I’ve been MIA a bit lately on the blog scene) You’re gonna be brilliant! And you have a path to forge all your own. Share your website with us, pretty please 🙂

    I will say this – I admit to being really lonely lately. The newness of freelance (ahem, trying to freelance/figure out my own path) has given way to the reality that some days I don’t talk to a single person. Ha!! Not that it’s the case for everyone 🙂

    Congrats, and pour yourself a drink!

    • symondezyn

      Aw thanks so much!! I know what you mean about feeling lonely; I’m still working a couple days a week & the days I don’t can be really quiet 🙂

      I’m working on putting together my portfolio, but of course I’ll share as soon as I can! 🙂

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