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The path to where I am now was anything but traditional, and that's a good thing.
I didn't graduate at the top of my class and I didn't win a bunch of awards in art school, in fact I didn't even do that well in art school. For me, that meant a lot of time spent working my way up.
A lesson in humility
After I left school, the real world hit pretty hard. I got married while I was still in college, and when I graduated, I had a life to build, but none of the advantageous stepping stones that some other students had. I was lucky enough to get a job on the marketing team for a local solar company through a conversation with the marketing director over lunch. When they downsized a year and a half later, I was at a music store part time. I had a friend who owned a company that was in desperate need of some marketing help, and he agreed to bring me on as the marketing manager. When the slowing economy hit a couple of years later, it signaled the beginning of the end.
After another stint at the music store, I was able to get my foot in the door at a local trade printer, where I would eventually take over as lead designer and also a pressman, installer and troubleshooter. After three years there, I was able to finally land a position at an advertising agency after creating a new logo and brand identity design for a local casino, earning a two million dollar piece of business for the agency. This path was more difficult, and took longer than I would have hoped, but it was all for the better. Through this route, I learned about business, about customers, about methods and processes, about time management and about what I really love about advertising. Most importantly, it sparked a love of knowledge and of learning, and a never-ending curiosity with how to improve upon everything I do.