How it all started
When I was doing my education as a Mediadesigner I did freelance jobs after school/work and made myself a name out there as a Designer and Photographer. I worked my ass off and tried to improve my skills.
Everything started as fun. So was my photography and so was this site. All I’ve wanted was a website to show off my photography, no master business plan behind it all, just for fun. Then there was a time when I decided to take it all a step further. Business Cards, a Logo — without even noticing I created a complete Pyramid CI and defined my first Styleguide.
At the age of 20 I already published 3 Artbooks for a publishing house and refined their Styleguide which is still used in print products. When I decided to move on to highclass postproduction I knew its going to be hard but that doesn’t even come close.
What’s going on right now
Now I’m in my early (or mid — whatever!) twenties and I work at a postproduction agency for big clients and even bigger budgets. Retouching and Composings are only a small part of my daily business. I do print color adaptations, final artwork corrections, tech stuff like Proofer maintenance and I try to teach myself more CG and Videostuff. It is a real love/hate relationship — I love the stuff I do, I like the big responsibility and I like the feel of seeing “MY WORK” everywhere, but everything comes with a prize.
Nobody prepared me for being at work for like 60hours a week, skipping Lunch for deadlines and many sleepless nights. I can’t see my friends as often as I want to, hell — I barely even talk to them via Facebook or whatever, cuz I don’t want to spend that little freetime thats left starring at some freaking computer. There have been weeks and even days when I just wanted to quit. Some deadlines and jobs are just ridiculous calculated. Two days to retouch, color correct the clothes, do paper adjustments, do extensions and build the InDesign print file for 20 fashion shots/a complete catalogue? Oh yeah right, we could also work on the weekend in between — sure..
I would love to do more free and creative projects, do some model shoots and/or some filming stuff but usually there’s no time and no energy left. We’ll see how this turns out in 2013.
Yes, you can be very successful and you can work for big agencies even if you are very young. But you need to keep your shit together and you shouldn’t be lazy at all. This job will consume you and your free time.