Taking The Plunge.
Throughout my entire life, there have been a handful of ideas that have lodged themselves in my brain and somehow refuse to quit. When I was a little boy the idea of the decade was that I would become a cowboy. I only wanted to wear cowboy gear (spurs and all!) and the only movies I cared to watch starred either Roy Rogers or John Wayne. From the rustic life of living on the trail to gun fights across dirty saloons, being a cowboy was intriguing. I loved the idea of getting on a horse after a job well done and riding into the sunset with only my guns and wits about me.
As I grew up, the rubber knives and toy six-shooters were replaced with pencils and brushes. I loved making things, and spent my entire high school career sketching, animating, writing music and doing anything I could to avoid things like studying. I loved art. After a brief stint in a Christian Ministry degree, I felt the desire to pursue design. I pushed the thought away, but like the chaps and ten-gallon hats, it wouldn’t give up. I finally took the plunge and got a degree in graphic design.
As I studied design, the idea of a freelance designer was compelling; someone who was driven, talented, and able to help a wide variety of clients. I thought that one day, after spending perhaps a decade working either in-house or at agencies, I’d finally be prepared to be my own boss and take the plunge into the freelance world. I graduated and proceeded to work at several jobs as a designer, learning and enjoying every minute of it.
I’ve spent the past two years with the amazing team at The Brigade as an interactive designer. I’ve worked on a variety of great projects with awesome clients alongside a talented team. Through it all, I still couldn’t shake that intrigue for freelance design. I began taking a few projects on the side, making connections here and there. I fed the idea in little pieces, hoping that some work on the side could scratch that itch.
Several weeks ago, during my paternity leave, I evaluated my list of freelance clients and opportunities. Somehow, feeding the freelance “beast” only made it grow stronger. I was faced with several large projects that offered great opportunities and big budgets. I realized that I had to either put the whole thing to bed and tell all my clients I wasn’t accepting work, or take the plunge into the unknown. I thought long and hard about it, and my wife and I prayed about what we should do. The answer was clear.
I will be leaving The Brigade and diving head first into the world of freelance design. I never expected I’d be at this point so quickly, but it’s do or die. I’m both excited and terrified at the prospect of this new adventure, but I do know this: it’s well worth the risk.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
That being said: I’m booking work. If you would like to make something awesome together, get in touch.