My good friend Nolan is challenging himself this summer to “Create Everyday” (check it out here). He and I share the passion to create, whatever that may be.
I grew up loving to paint, color in whatever I could, and occasionally write stories. In 2nd Grade, I decided to create a greeting card company (fun fact: cute boy senior year of high school remembered this and drunkenly brought it up, so basically I knew how to win them over back then) and *indulged* in the fine arts of baking. Then, when I was in 6th Grade, I discovered YouTube. I became obsessed with this platform where people could share room tours and tell me what they did throughout their day. Not long after, I discovered photography. I saved up for a long time and bought an iMac, and later a Canon T1i after my 8th Grade Graduation. Figured out how to download Photoshop, and began walking around my house taking “abstract” pictures. I also utilized the iSight on my iMac to make home movies/sped up dancing videos. Soon my friends became involved, and I was the designated Facebook-profile-picture-photographer. Freshman year came around, and I took my first photography class with one of the most unique and incredible teachers ever. Ended up continuing the photo classes as high school went on, along with IB Film HL. I really enjoyed writing scripts and coming up with new stories to tell through film or photos. Senior year, I found myself sending out my PORTFOLIO to freaking colleges and eventually being accepted! After lots of thinking, I ended up at Chapman with the nicest facilities I have ever seen. At this point, I was not quite sure if I was going to continue with photography, film, or whatever it was that I wanted. I was just happy that somehow it ended up working out.
Fast forward about two years later and here I am. Photography has been slightly pushed aside (though I did enjoy a Fashion Photography class while studying in Florence), and instead have been surrounded by film. From making my own films in classes to helping out friends with their projects, it’s all around me. Ended up taking Principles of Advertising last fall and am now minoring in it. Trying to learn some website design, enhance my graphic design skills, and am writing a blog?!
It hit me this week to start figuring out what my next step is. I have 2 years left of college, and am still not entirely sure of what type of career I want to pursue. Possible ideas include, but are not limited to: an editor of a magazine, television as some sort of studio exec, art director of an advertising agency, and even working for the creative team at Apple. How would I start at any of those positions? Do I go to grad school? Where? What do I even study? ???????
In case you couldn’t tell, it’s just a bit overwhelming. There may or may not have been a slight breakdown while driving in traffic this week. For years, something I believed so strongly was that I would end up where I am meant to (career/school wise). While normally that idea comforts me, it frightened me this time around. It simply feels as if there are too many options up in the air, and I don’t even know how to begin narrowing them down.
But for now, I’m going to keep being creative. I truly believe it will lead me to where I’m supposed to be. It’s pretty much the only thing all of these have in common, to be creative. So that’s what I’ll do, and hope sooner than later it leads me to an answer.
Sometimes all it takes is being reminded of where you started to guide you where to go next.