One of the biggest questions twentysomethings ask themselves is: “What do I want to be when I grow up?” For some of us, the answer changes numerous times between the ages of twenty to thirty. We find ourselves in a career we never would have imagined, but somehow seems to be a perfect fit.
Brittany is no different. She is a twentysomething in a self-defined “transitional season.” Heading up her high school yearbook, she always excelled in writing, so she assumed that is what she enjoyed most about journalism.
“I love interviewing people, I love writing, I love putting together the stories,” she explained. “But once I got into college, I realized the big thing that was missing was the art.”
So she began searching for a major that had both components – words and visuals. Originally, she focused on magazine work, but soon realized graphic design was where she needed to be.
“I was able to fully pursue the art side and the writing side with graphic design,” Brittany said. “Which even flowered into photojournalism, photography, a love for video and anything visual and tangible.”
Brittany landed her dream job at a top design firm in Atlanta with a global reach, Son & Sons. She did a six-month fellowship with them as a junior designer after graduating. “It was an intensive time of learning and studying and doing for real clients,” she said.
She is now a full-time designer at Matchstic, one of Atlanta’s premiere brand houses and design firms.
On the side, Brittany does freelance design work. While most people come home from work and relax, her version of relaxing is a different kind of creativity. Companies hire her as a designer or brand consultant, and she loves the creative freedom this gives. Loving the responsibility of re-doing a companies’ brand identity, Brittany feels like she can bloom and communicate through these projects, putting all she learns from her full-time job into action.
Aware of how much she has yet to learn, Brittany is completely satisfied with where she is right now. She wants her twenties to be spent learning, growing and finding mentors in the design industry.
One reason Brittany pursued working at Matchstic, a smaller firm over a huge corporate agency, and the reason why she does freelance design work as her creative outlet, is because she likes wearing multiple hats. She says the best advice she received from a mentor in college was that if you want to be multi-skilled, you should consider going somewhere smaller so you can wear more hats. Since she loves all things creative, is an extrovert, and always likes to be busy, this lifestyle is perfect for her.
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Graphic Designer • 22 • Atlanta, GA