I was having a conversation with my roommate, and she’s like, “So what are you doing at this cookie store, why aren’t you working in fashion?” and I explain that the economy is still not great, it’s better to stay with a job until lots of people are hiring again, it’s not a terrible job, I can do freelance work on the side, etc. And there’s just this look of incomprehension and I’m trying to explain to her that even though I went to school for fashion, it won’t be the end of the world if I end up doing something else….I mean as long as I ENJOY whatever job I end up with, I don’t think it matters that it’s not exactly what I went to college for. And she’s like, “Well, I’ve never had a job I enjoyed so maybe that’s why I don’t understand.”
I’ve gotten the same reaction from other people I’ve done freelance work for…this girl wanted me to make her a fancy resume in Illustrator, which I did…and we’re talking about my background and she was just horrified that I am not in the fashion industry. She was one of the girls who was like “OMG I LOVE CLOTHES AND NOTHING ELSE.” Like that’s great if someone’s passionate about something, but I also feel like it’s very limiting to have just one obsession.
I do like clothes, I like designing them and I like sewing, but I can also design a shit load of other things like logos, I like creating websites, I like writing, I like blogging, I like animals- I designed dog clothes for one job, I like interior design. I like a lot of things…I also like doing marketing. And I think it’s beneficial that I have a diverse background because then I’m not pigeonholed into one area and stuck in a dead end if I find I don’t like it or there are no job openings in that area.