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Do I Really Want to Be a Graphic Designer?
A 19 year-old mediocre graphic designer tries to make something of herself.
"Hello world! I am attempting to involve myself in the graphic design world. Contact me and I will happily assist you and your needs! PLEASE CONTACT ME I NEED EXPERIENCE." This is how I feel I have presented myself to the internet.
As a young, naive college student, I decided to create a Facebook page highlighting my profession. This page is dedicated to motivating me to get an early start on my future planned career: graphic design. As I await clients, I decide to scope Craigslist for potential customers. AND VOILA, I FIND ONE.
I soon find myself creating a logo for a man who I have ... absolutely nothing in common with, is constantly in communication with me about what he wants, knows exactly what he wants and wants several different copies and ... it all becomes a bit too much. I am stressed out, confused, and even somewhat frustrated. As I continue on I cannot help but ponder the business relationship between client and business owner.
Here I am, at one in the morning, "arguing" with a man about how many files I am willing to send him and then having the topic change to him "wondering what I look like... ." I am already having a difficult time processing all of the requests this man is making, FREE OF CHARGE mind you, and he continually asks me about getting a coffee, tea, my face and calls me honey or baby on occasion.
It is currently two in the morning as I keep asking myself, where did I go wrong. Was I not ready to try to make mediocre designs? Or did I simply go wrong in going onto Craigslist? I do not know how to get out of my situation. I keep going over how I offered my services, free of charge, to assist, and attempt to set boundaries, yet I am not respected or treated with the same kindness. I feel that yes, maybe I am asking for too much. But then again, I am also giving too much.
Nonetheless, during this experience I have realized that I do indeed like the meticulous work of graphic design, but I do not know how to handle customers, or people for that matter.
Hopefully my venture of creating logos and designs for people allow me to find a better way to go about things. As for now, I may just make rants online a part of my routine.
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