For my first internal journal entry, I want to share a bit of my journey to this career path. First things first, I’m Erin, the creative intern this summer. I was born and raised in the Dallas area, Mesquite more specifically. I’m a senior at UT Arlington majoring in Visual Communications. I have a pretty decent collection of funko pop figurines and I live for true crime podcasts.
After graduating high school, I went to Texas Tech to study Media and Communications in hopes of becoming an audio engineer and working with music. My dream was to be the person that picked soundtracks and junk for TV. Not really sure where that dream came from but I ran with it for a minute. After the first month of living in Lubbock I was just done. The dust storms and the absolute lack of civilization beyond campus was driving me crazy and I decided I needed to transfer. Not to mention the fact that my major was essentially broadcasting and I was quickly depleting the little bit of college fund I had. Second semester I started making plans to transfer. When I made that decision, I picked UTA because they had an audio engineering program and I was still sticking with that. I got accepted, my credits transferred, all that jazz. Then I realized the audio engineering program was a part of the music school and not only required an audition but a performance element. Now, I did play trumpet for 6 years, but I was far from impressive at it. That was the final nail in the audio engineering coffin.
Come August, I started at UTA as an undeclared sophomore. I was getting through my basics but still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had too many credit hours to still be undeclared and I was panicking. So, I did what any 19 year old would do, I ran to my mom for help. We looked over all the majors UTA had because I was not about to go through transferring again. She found VC and told me to check it out. I read the description and it sounded fine, but I was out of time, so I ran with it. From then on, I was hooked.
Prior to this I had never really considered myself an artistic person. I had a decently lucrative business for 2 years in high school where I made duct tape wallets and sold them for $5 (I had business cards and everything), other than that I had no real experience. Starting with absolutely no knowledge of Illustrator or Photoshop was daunting to say the least. Not only that, but I couldn’t really draw, still can’t honestly. All of these things made me seriously question this career path more times than I can even count, mostly because I just felt like I sucked. There was just something about it that kept calling me back. I just wanted to keep learning as much as I could about everything that even remotely pertained to graphic design. So, instead of continuing to suck, I decided I wanted to be good. I asked for advice and kept pushing myself to be a better artist. It helped that I really loved learning about this stuff.
Interning at greenlight has really helped to solidify that this is what I want to be doing. Everything I’ve worked on so far has been a blast. Making badass beer cans and cute little illustrations of tents doesn’t feel like work for me, it just feels like fun. More than that, I feel lucky to be able to work with some really awesome artists and I look forward to continue learning from these super rad people. I’m forever grateful for this opportunity and I’m super glad to be here this summer.
Thanks for reading :) -Erin