I was fortunate enough to have a good friend whose father was a graphic designer, so I got to see how things worked pretty early. Add to that an old copy of Adobe Photoshop and self-taught HTML, and I knew I wanted a job with computers and art.
Flash forward to college, majoring in Graphic Design and Printing Technology. I not only learned essential graphic and web design skills but also how to use the presses that print those designs. I can’t begin to explain how important that technical know-how is! (Plus, I had the added perk of meeting my future husband.)
A few years later found me married and working for a small publishing company, with a wide array of responsibilities. I made sales, designed the books, and ensured they were print-ready. On the side, I was also freelancing with my design skills and helping my husband start his business.
When the publishing company closed down with only 30 days notice, it was sink or swim time. My husband and I both worked there, so our entrepreneurial ventures were suddenly our only income. So, we pushed hard to launch his business in a meaningful way, and I’m happy to say we grew by leaps and bounds that year.
Enter my first client who wanted more than just design from me! I used my few years of experience getting our own business off the ground to lay a foundation for growth in hers. She then recommended me to a friend, and the rest is, as they say, history!