I'm taking a big leap tomorrow and I'm scared as heck
It's scary to take that leap, but you can do it!
I started freelancing [building websites] 5 years ago. Choosing to leave a steady job is scary! But growing tends to be uncomfortable at first. It's a big change. You wonder where the money will come from. I had a few projects lined up, but what happens after that?
But at some point I realized there was nowhere to grow with my regular job, and I couldn't really be a freelancer by dedicating only 20% of my time to it. With my old job responsibilities gone, I could put 100% into my freelancing. Building a network, leveling up my skills. My clients loved working with me, and word of mouth brought more work, more money, more regular customers. (Now I'm rediscovering that I can draw, and might have to change my priorities again. We'll see!)
If you have the drive, you can succeed too!
I've known a lot of people so afraid of failure that they never really try and never really take any risks. In that regard I applaud you for taking a crack at it. With regards to the fear though, while understandable, ask yourself, how bad could it be? Could you struggle to find work and have others look down on you? Yeah, that can happen. Could you end up having to go back to working some other kind of job to make ends meet? Yep. But you're not going to die if you fail. your life isn't going to fall apart. All of the worst things are primarily existential. In that regard, win or lose, this is an opportunity for strengthening the spirit. If you take the hits and bear the shame, you won't just be a better artist, but a better human being. No small thing.
@mattsmith_makes Congrats for taking a scary leap: if I had it to do over again, I would choose less fear (still working on that😊). So happy your wife is being very supportive--best wishes for happiness, fulfillment & success!
@mf-james Thanks! I went through with the resignation and am going to get some good references (and my leave paid out) which is what I was worried about. I'm glad I did it, it's a big burden off my back.
@carriecopa Thanks so much, that's extremely encouraging. You're totally right- I wasn't able to grow here and felt like I was cheating myself by not putting 100% into something I genuinely cared about. I'm gonna get out there and hustle and see what happens!
@mattsmith_makes Well done! I admire your courage. After all, a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and you had taken yours!!!
I just joined SVS yesterday, but was wondering how is it going and how do you feel? I'm a graphic designer as well and was super curious and also checking in. Do you have anything you're working on now?
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Thanks for sharing this experience.
@jbrannan Hey dude! Well today is Friday, so this time next week I'll be at my farewell lunch I guess. It's pretty surreal. Do I have anything going on? Not at the moment, no. I wasn't updating my site much, so I've got to do that and dust off the resume before I can apply something else if that's what I end up doing. Right now I'm really focusing on Inktober and using that as a vehicle for galvanizing my process for image making and idea creation. I'm posting everything on my instagram if you're interested (https://www.instagram.com/mattsmithmakes/) but also like shoot me a DM or an email and we can talk more if you want.
So great you have the support of your wife, you've got this!