Hi bloggersphere finally I have some good news to post. Before I get to last night’s design event I must tell you how I got invited to such an event. A while back I saw a graphic designer in the paper and she suffers with anxiety like I do and even lives in the same town that I live in. I had to friend her on Facebook and tell her how much her story inspired me. After that we gotten a bit closer. She even gave me advice on how I should improve as a graphic designer. Anyway last week she inboxed me and invited for last night’s event.
I was so nervous going alone and very anxious to talk to anyone since everyone else came in groups. Sure at first I had my doubts for coming at 1st since I was alone. I tried to make conversation with some designers and they where uptight and wanted to only talk with the people and group they came with. Anyway later on I started a conversation with the guys sitting in front on me and they where cool. One of them a writer and the other a comic book artist. So I asked them they if they did any comic book drawing like anime style. So he asked me if I was into anime and from there on we basically became friends and had stuff in common.
Points I took to heart from the speakers as a graphic designer.
1) Experiment at first what design or art form you like to do. Example digital painting art or vector art designs and then the one you feel most comfortable doing, stick with it and master it.
2) doesn’t matter if your work sucks. If your a writer or designer. Keep doing it till you get an audience that will help you improve and know who to write and design for.
3) keep putting your work out there. Day in and day out on your social media. Don’t be afraid. You never know where your next job or client could come from. Become your biggest fan slash brand and portray your skill on your social accounts so people know exactly what you do.
Anyway after the event finish people where told to go the table and collaborate with artists in trying to draw a comic. It was fun. Something I’ve never done before. Also before I left I made sure to greet the girl who invited me for the event. Since I never met her in person it was a huge honour. She said she wasn’t sure if it was me until I introduced myself. She didn’t want to say anything in case it was the wrong person. Anyway she was so glad I came and told her how much it meant to me that she thought of inviting me and how much I admired her work as a graphic designer. So this morning she inboxed me on Facebook thanking me and told me how much it meant that I came to the event. Guess it was a great way to start today. 🙂
Hi guys just want to say last night was the most epic night of my life. Why you ask? Because for the first time in my life I attended an entrepreneur convention. You won’t believe it but just the day before this event I got an email about this conference. I wasn’t sure if it was for real or not but I knew I had to attend and booked my ticket right away.
So i arrived half hour earlier before everything started. As I went in I noticed a lot of people around my age. Some younger and older. They all here looking to learn and grow their skills or business. Never have I been in a room with so much positive energy.
So before the conference started I got to mingle and connect with like minded people in different fields. The guy I met was a debt collector, then a lawyer and other people with so many PhD’s. It was quite overwhelming! Because I’m only a graphic designer. This beautiful women sitting across me asks me why so nervous. I told that I’m overwhelmed being here with so many incredible people. She told that I was an introvert. We did talk more after the conference. Also met women for Zimbabwe. She to was very beautiful. We chatted and talked about how we wanted to learn and improve ourselves and encouraging one another while having snacks that they sponsored.
Finally the conference started. I’m anxious but excited. So this speaker’s story really did inspire me because she used the Uber concept and applied to domestic workers. Creating employment and at the same time making money. I guess key point I learnt from the conference was good customer service is the key no matter what business. People will want to use your service simply because they like how you take care of their needs. I mean who can’t say no to that.
Finally the conference ended and I went to shake hands with the speaker and host to let them know what a great time I had and that I learnt something to apply in my own life.
Once again after the conference they gave desserts and giving people another chance to mingle. I ate something chocolaty, it was Devine. Then I spoke to girl whose a dentist and just needed some motivation and came to this conference for that very thing. Positive energy vibed all across the room. I honestly didn’t want to leave. It was an opportunity of a lifetime for me. Never have I networked like this before. I also had the opportunity to give out a few of my business cards.
So finally got home tired and satisfied. Feeling good about myself. Came in my room Laying on my bed logged onto Facebook and the pretty girl from Zimbabwe invites me to be friends. We chatted a bit about how great the experience was and said that we should keep in touch.
Just thought I’d share my epic experience with my blog family. Also changed the theme of my blog. It’s time for some changes I guess. Anyway thanks for reading and if you was at #startupgrind Durban Google for entrepreneurs conference last night and reading this. Comment, email, tweet me. Love to connect with you.
Yesday was sad day for me because my dog brandy has past away in the morning. Im sorry it took me so long to write this post Im just hurting. Missing her. I just want to honour her with this gallery. So I will never lose these photos. Brandy death was harder than her son “king” who passed away also 5 months ago. With brandy gone I dont know how im gonna live. Im alone now. Both my dogs are gone. Brandy was my life. With her gone I dont know what im gonna do. Its been a hard day so far. To many tears where shed by me and my family. Brandy I hope u happy where u gone to now. It was you who made me happy and not me making u happy. Remember I will always love you.