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Wednesday
Oct052011

What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

I figure at my age I should know what I want to be. But every now and then it’s good to check in with yourself, especially when you’re questioning your path. So I took some time this summer to try and answer the question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”

I think about this question A LOT. As far back as high school I’ve been reflecting on my life and creating wish lists. Even back then, when I first began studying art and design as a career, I thought I should have a backup plan. This thinking inspired me to create a new “what I want to be” list. My only criteria was to approach it with a child’s mind and have fun with it. So with a crayon and drawing paper in hand I sat down to brainstorm one afternoon.

- Artistic Voice: Gather artists together to inspire, share experiences and develop our creative process around our art.

- Photographer: I can’t get enough of the details of life. I like capturing images that pull you in and make you wonder...”What’s just beyond the frame?”

- Secret Agent: Okay…I realize this one’s a leap, but think how fun it would be to speak different languages and play with all those cool gadgets.

- Book Maker and Designer: Combine storytelling with photography and create keepsake books. A few books are in the works. Stay tuned…

- Design for a Cause: Offer pro bono marketing and design services to one cause-related organization each year, helping them educate and engage with their audience.

- Gourmet Chocolate Expert: I LOVE eating chocolate, so why not get paid for it! Travel the world as a freelance chocolate taster and become good friends with Chloé Doutre-Roussel, author of The Chocolate Connoisseur.

- Creative Brew: Create an inspiring space where clients looking for creative and strategic insight can come, relax and explore ways to develop their ideas, create opportunities and turn their challenges into results. I’m working on this one. More to come…

- Color Guru: I’m not one, but I'm fascinated by the science and theory of color.
    
- Author: Although writing doesn’t come easily to me, I love the challenge.

- Board Member: I love the idea of supporting a museum or art association’s mission and members.
    
- Travel Diaries: Immerse myself in different cultures, take pictures and write stories of my adventures, then share them with the world.

After reviewing this list, it seems obvious why I’m a designer. The common thread is that I’m passionate about art and design and I really love what I do. Still, making this list has allowed me to expand my thinking and explore new opportunities to connect with people and give back to the communities where I work and play.

So…if you’re questioning your path, do some creative thinking and see if you can take your passion and make it part of your career/life. Go in with the mindset that there are all sorts of things you could do. Find something you love and do it!


Do You Know What You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

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