My Career Journey
There is a chronological back story about how I land an entry-level designer job and building an art store. It is important to share my story behind my achievements. 🌟
Time frame: January 2020 - Currently
Brief (From 2010 to 2021)
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Presuming my dream career by doing lots of efforts and costing lots of energy.
👶 From 2010 to 2015
Ahhh.. 😌It is really fun for me to draw various art with different mediums although I never really satisfied my kids' art. I still have 500+ sketches that I never scan and save to my drive. The blue magic girl art is from my Grade 6 doodle. 😉 I am feeling nostalgic to see this art piece.
🎓 About applying post-secondary school (2015 - 2016)
Obstacles/problems I have met
🚨Confusing about my career and life
🚨Confusing wether all of my decisions are right or wrong
What I learn when I turn 18 (Graduate from high school)
🌟Believing what your heart tells you
🌟Preparing to apply post-secondary schools as early as you can
🌟Staying with smart people and study from them
🌟Staying hydrated and healthy
🌟Solving problems as early as you can
🌟Do not dumping complaints in front of beloved friends and families
🌟Staying strong and smiling even your life is already messed up
🌟Thinking about the worst result when you plan to do something
🌟Do not talking to much, but listening people's thoughts before talking
🌟Setting up a goal, doing researching, and finally achieving a goal
🎓 About studying in a post-secondary school (2015 - 2016)
What I learn when I study my post-secondary school
🌟Time management and task management skills are important. I always face tons of homework. I don't really want to miss the deadline, because the professors will minus my mark.
🌟I find three favourite classic artist: J.C.Leyendecker, Norman Rockwell, and Alphonse Mucha.
Some of my acrylic paintings that I have done for school assignments. I enjoy the painting class more than my illustration class. Haha.
About why I think I cannot be a developer or a modeller
Obstacles that I cannot solve
✖️I am not fond of facing lots of computer languages
✖️I do not have passion to study Unity and game computing languages
✖️I am not a big fan of 3D modelling
About my dream of becoming a Disney or anime artist
Obstacles that I cannot solve
✖️Disney Visual Development Artist job requires amazing painting skills, I think my painting skills need to be polished.
✖️Visual Development requires artist has a skill to come up with amazing children's stories. I am lack of storytelling skills. That's the reason why I cannot be a Webtoon comic artist as well. The HRs of Animation Studios are seeking Artists who can do both strong painting skills and storytelling skills.
✖️I cannot find any full-time anime artist job in Toronto, so I decide to switch it to an art store in freelancing basis.
About finding an Art Instructor job (2016 - 2019)
Before I find the art teacher job, I am working as a waitress. I am excited to flip a new page of my life.
What I learn:
🌟Report anything situations to the supervisors. (I.e. Kids don't draw, kids are sick, can't find art samples or art supplies.)
🌟Don't have a chitchat with co-workers for a long time. Always stick around the work duties.
About finding a Design Internship (2019)
The only design internship that I have done during my school year. I wish I could complete more design internships as a design student. For more info about my design internship, please check this blog link.
About my first Artist Alley (2019)
My first attempt to sell my art. I don't have big sales, but it's nice to have the experience. Please read my other blog post: My First Artist Alley.
About my first Hackathon (2020)
I am staying at home and quit my part-time job during COVID pandemic. I think it is nice to practically use my UI/UX and graphic design skills to a real business event. PeerInvest is the product design project that I have done for the Hackathon.
About launching my Art Shop (helensart.net) (End of 2020 -2021)
The most excited step for my career. I original plan is to build art shop for 3 years and see the result of my activity. Please read my other blog post: Online Art Store.
I am always want to be well-prepared to face my challenges and obstacles, but I am always not 100% successfully achieving my goals. The expectation and reality are so different. I always think I am not good enough to approach my goal. Once I solve a problem, I would think I will be the 100% good person, but there are more obstacles are coming.
Thank you for reading ❤️