This 2013, I promised myself that I will get back to my creative mindset because I felt that I kinda lost it when I started working full-time as an in-house graphic artist…so I came to a decision.
But before the drama, let me tell you about Jessica Walsh, an art director and partner at Sagmeister and Walsh. Jessica is a fearless lady who has a big influence in design and art direction. After watching her presentation/lecture during the Graphika Manila design conference a few weeks ago, I became an instant fan. I hope I don’t sound like a stalker, but after knowing about her and her works, I researched more about Jessica and came across this great interview by The Great Discontent which made me love her even more.
I found out that she was offered an in-house job at Apple in California right after graduating, but she turned it down and chose to move to New York and be an intern with Pentagram and do some freelance works. She was then helped by The Paula Scher get her first job as an art director for Print Magazine…and then…well, Jessica became The Jessica Walsh.
In the interview, she was asked, “Did you have any moments when you had to decide between doing something financially stable as opposed to doing something more creative that you really loved?”
Her answer was simple but it struck me the most:
“I think it was what I mentioned earlier—the temptation of taking the job at Apple versus doing the internship with Paula at Pentagram. I knew Apple would be much more stable and well-paid, but I knew in my heart that in the end, I would be much happier at a design studio than I would with an in-house job.”
Her answer is very much relatable with my situation now, but the only difference is that I accepted the job offer as an in-house designer with Apple’s top competitor (figure it out). But then, like I said earlier, I made a decision. Yes, I’m quitting this “corporate job”.
Tomorrow’s in fact my last day. Finally!
Like Jessica, she went through a tough decision…but it was a good one. Just to be clear, I had planned to quit way before I knew about Jessica—but I found her career path story comforting. It made me feel that leaving this stable job and going back to freelancing will get me somewhere. I just have to believe in my talent and never stop creating.
If you have a passion for design (or art direction), and you are considering a career path in the creative field, make Jessica Walsh your role model.