Hey everyone, hope you're all enjoying your day! Super excited about joining to community.
My name is Josh Masse, coming from Kingston, Ontario, Canada and I started listening to the podcast at the beginning of the year. It's one of my favourites. The value you guys are providing to people is incredible.
So full transparency, I'm a 'late bloomer'. Didn't get into the creative industry until after college. I spent my whole life working in the trades and after a long time of not being happy and not knowing what I wanted to do with my life, I finally came to the realization that there was this whole creative world out there with actual paying jobs!
Fast forward a little bit, I spent 5 years working in a print shop as a designer and finding every design and art-related resource that I could to study from and educate myself with. By this point in my life I had a mortgage to pay, a wife and 2 kids to feed, so going back to school wasn't really an option for me.
I am now working as an independent graphic designer/illustrator, but more so on the design side at the moment. I started my business about a year and a half ago under the name Cloud27 and originally focused on brand identity. After iterating my processes over and over again, I am coming to realize that my fire is fueled by the actual creation of the art, telling impactful stories and creating meaningful connections.
So, I'm now in the process of exploring the option of a full-time career in illustration. The podcast has helped me so much already, but I'm excited to connect and grow with the community and get into some of the SVS classes.
Instagram is @cloud27design if anyone wants to check it out.
Feel free to reach out anytime!