For anyone who may not yet know, I recently graduated from college and have been looking for a job - with no luck thus far. I can't complain too much; I have been pretty picky, and honestly have needed the break. My family lives in town (my niece just down the street!), my best friend lives just 1.5 hours away, and my boyfriend and I are living together after four years of long-distance. But now that I'm ready to get back into the thick of things, I'm having a hard time finding a job that needs me.
I've always said that I wanted to start out in some kind of office position to get good experience, but when that wasn't presenting itself as an option, I decided I had to take action myself. I began styling and photographing my (clean) paraphernalia in an elegant way and posting it, and I got a lot of positive response. After CloudV saw one of my posts, they contacted me about sending a care package which I eagerly accepted. Since then, I felt the urge to just do what I wanted to do myself. I was tired of relying on other people to get back to me or have their stuff together enough to be at a place where a graphic designer was relevant. I started reaching out to companies and individuals I admired and became an affiliate for some of my favorite brands (including CloudV!). While my success rate in actually connecting with people is only about 30%, the connections I have made are crazy amazing and completely worth the effort.
I'm now researching how to do the whole blogging for profit thing, and am trying to build up my blog and online presence into something that I am proud of and can maybe one day live off of. It will take a while, of course, to be generating any kind of profit... but it at least keeps me busy while waiting by the phone and helps to grow my portfolio.
So today, don't be afraid to just do something yourself. It can be intimidating, but in the end, the only person you can truly rely on is yourself. If you don't know how to do something, learn how. Stop waiting on the right time, person, place, or opportunity. Just go out and DIY.