Emily, a recent college grad and working designer, first wrote to us back in September to share about how TGD has encouraged her to not give up when “the going gets tough as a young designer”. With her permission, we’re sharing Emily’s initial message to us and a brief update from her. We hope this inspires you:
After reading your “Year One Retrospective” today, I was encouraged to pass you both a note congratulating you and thanking you for providing such useful and inspiring information to the creative community. Every Tuesday, I look forward to spending my night curled up with my laptop, getting a glimpse into the lives of some of those creatives that I really admire and learning about ones I may never have known of.
As I embark on my sophomore year of life (second year out of design/art school), I can’t tell you how much TGD has done for me. I consider myself lucky to have landed a creative job right out of college. But after a stressful day of creating things I don’t necessarily believe in at work, as a youngin’, I start questioning my abilities, tastes, and overall career choice. But then I remember TGD and am constantly reminded to question my creative satisfaction and to not give up when the going gets tough as a young designer. I love that you two ask your interviewees about their creative satisfaction because it’s one that really hits home for me. Though my desk job is creative, it isn’t necessarily the creative satisfaction I need to survive and thus, I’ve embarked on other side projects thanks to the information you’ve passed on.
You both are truly great messengers to the community and I can’t thank you enough for engaging me every Tuesday.
An update from Emily: Since I wrote you last, I actually have taken a new day job that offers much more creative freedom than my last. It’s now nice to get that satisfaction not only during the day, but at night as well.
Congrats on the new job, Emily! We wish you the best.