I adore Jessi’s Life of a Blogger feature and this week I decided to participate! For this theme we’re supposed to talk about careers: what we’ve wanted to do in the past, what we’re doing now, what we want to do in the future.. etc.
Careers I’ve thought about
Here’s a list of careers I’ve considered since I was like 12. Some of these I dreamed about for months/years, and others I just thought about for a few days/weeks.
- Famous singer: It turns out I can’t sing worth shit, but I am/was pretty good at guitar! I ended up taking guitar lessons for like 10 years.
Photographer: I’m not sure if I ever took this idea seriously, but for a short while I thought it would be cool to be a freelance photographer. I still love photography and it’s one of my hobbies!
- Something with animals: I could never decide what that ‘something’ would be though. I knew I didn’t want to be a veterinarian because I hate blood and biology and other similar science subjects I’d have to take.. but I love animals and the idea of working with them always appealed to me.
Video game concept artist: I went through a MAJOR digital painting phase. I drew a lot of pictures based on games I played. I think ultimately I lacked confidence in my own skills though. Probably because I never had any formal training and I always sucked at perspective and anatomy.
- Video game community manager: For a long time I DESPERATELY wanted to be in the video game industry, so after letting go of the concept artist idea, my thoughts turned to community management. That’s probably not setting my sights that high because it’s an entry level position, but it’s something that I LOVED doing. I worked for a community manager on a game fan site for many years and absolutely adored it. I think my interest for this waned when I watched one of my favourite games kind of crumble (The game is still alive, but the company shifted from being a small, awesome, driven company, to one that’s more focused on money. That’s fair enough since it is a company and does need to be profitable, but the shift in the company’s attitude and policies was noticeable and discouraging.)
What I want to do once I graduate university
I want my own business
That’s purposely kind of vague, because that’s how I’m feeling right now. I think that as soon as I graduate university I will go into web design/development freelancing full time. But that’s honestly not entirely my dream.
I think my dream is kind of unrealistic. Well, it’s possible, but I think it’s extremely hard to do. I’d love to be able to make pre-made WordPress plugins and themes full time. I honestly love making pre-mades so much more than making custom work.. the reason being: I get to call the shots. Although I do love freelancing, sometimes it’s physically painful for me to have to make changes to a design that I don’t like, but the client does like. It makes me cringe, and if I don’t like the outcome (but the client does) then it also makes me not want to put it in my portfolio. Then you always get the clients that are hard to work with or unresponsive, etc.
But with pre-mades, I get to design however I want, and it’s so freeing! I even get a little kick out of responding to support tickets, fixing bugs, etc. I think that goes back to my days as a fan site community manager when I had to deal with support tickets there LOL!
Pre-mades make for good passive income, but I think it’s extremely hard to turn that into a full time gig.
So, right now the ideas going through my head are:
- Freelance web design/development
- Pre-made theme/plugin development
- Making some kind of epic website that can magically make money (yeah that’s super vague, but I love the idea of creating some big, epic site that I made and I own and I manage.. it’s cool!)