Well, here we are, at the end of another year. Time flies doesn't it? This time of the year is an interesting mental battle for me because the work e-mails become very few and far between, and you don't know whether to welcome it or be stressed. Suddenly your schedule is empty and you have to remind yourself that no, you didn't suddenly upset all of your clients...the work WILL come back.....maybe....I hope it does...I'm sure it will.....ugh.
This is the first year out of the 3 years I've been doing this full time that I'm welcoming the time off and not stressing myself out. It's a weird feeling. This year has been insane on multiple levels and I touched on that a bit on my last blog post. Happy to report that yes, I did re-focus a bit and accomplished a lot of what I wanted to do. Not all things, but it was a step in the right direction and ultimately I'm in a great place with my stress and anxiety levels...and if you freelance for a career, you know how much of a win that is.
2017 highlights and lows
Highlight of this year would be designing most of Paul McCartney's One on One tour line, being able to attend the show in Miami and see all my work being displayed and sold to thousands of people. It was such a surreal feeling that I will never forget.
Other highlights would be finally being asked to design for Skillet (my brothers favorite band) and getting an approval that he was able to pick up at the show. Getting a couple of approvals for Metallica this year was very cool as well. I've submitted a lot of designs into them and this year I finally was able to add them to the approvals list.
The low of 2017 really isn't too bad of a low, as it's just part of the job. I was fortunate enough to submit a few designs for Elton John and put together a design, that in my mind, is the best thing I've ever produced and I never heard back on the project. So sadly, that design will probably never see the light of day and sit on my hard drive forever, which is a huge bummer.
Other than design, dealing with Hurricane IRMA was a really big pain that ended up disrupting our lives for a couple of weeks, but we got through it.
- Design for Senses Fail, Silverstein, and Underoath. It's all I've ever wanted since I was 16. I have other bands I'd love to design for, but these are my main 3 I'd love to add to my list.
- Get the 11/26 online store up and running with a lot more resources
- Illustrate more often. This was a goal of mine this year and I did it, but would love to continue doing so next year.
- Keep more up to date on all my social platforms
- Putting out tutorials, behind the scenes, process videos etc would be super cool
- Would love to get into designing for other aspects of the entertainment industry. Officially licensed merchandise for Marvel Comics and other companies of that sort would be amazing.
Alright, I think that's enough rambling from me. I'll be doing more focused blogs on different aspects of freelancing and all that comes with it later on. I have a bunch of topics I'd like to cover and will be putting those together here in the near future. Hope everyone has a relaxing rest of the year. Let's get ready for 2018, I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun.