In 2012, with a broken right hand, I went to a job interview for a Graphic Artist position at one of the stationery companies I've been wanting to work at so bad. I probably should've told the Art Director who interviewed me about my hand prior to the scheduled day BUT somehow in my heart I knew it would be a deal breaker. I was hoping she wouldn't need to hire someone so soon which would mean plenty of recovery time. Naturally, I didn't land the job but I got to have a good look inside the office of a stationery company. It was exhilarating! Artists in cubicles designing or editing away.
That story continued late last year when the same stationery company was hiring again. You know what? I got hired almost immediately. And no, it's not a design position but my foot is now in the door, I was practically sprinting my way in.
I'm currently the Sales and Marketing Coordinator for three lines: Punch Studio, Lady Jayne Ltd. and Fringe Studio. The bulk of my job is ensuring all nineteen of our showrooms nationwide (and a couple international ones) get samples of all our catalog collections launched twice a year - Everyday Collection and Holiday Collection. I get to see every new product our Art and Production Development Departments churn out while flexing my visual merchandising skills. I get to know the collections by heart. Being surrounded by paper goods on a daily basis is like fuel to my fire as cheesy as that may sound. So even though I'm not designing, I'm taking full advantage of learning the many facets of the business and the industry as I possibly can.
Read my blog post here when I had the surgery.
I'm excited to see where this passion and profession will take me - to what roads I can reach by taking this path. It's going to be a long one, and most probably a tough one, too. But as they say, it's not the destination but the journey.
Love & Letters,