Every time I read another Interior Designer's story about how they ended up where they are today, I feel more inspired about how I'm building my own path. Every story is different, and so unique - just like any Interior Design project. I admire each type of career jump or goal reached on someone else's behalf, as much as I value my own. I know what kind of hard work it takes to get to where you want to be in your career, so I applaud all making cut-throat business decisions. As I drooled over any post or article about a designers path, my own wheels started turning. I thought, "hey! you may only be 24 years old, but you feel pretty confident about where you are in your career as an Interior Designer, right?" The answer to my own question is YES. I've gotten various and substantial forms of experience since before the start of my career. Each move I have made has resulted in a very educational and enlightening experience. I have been thinking about how to compile these experiences for sharing, and a solid 'start to current' timeline sounds like a good way to do it. A blogger/interior designer that has done this in a very inspiring way is Stephanie from Sabbe Interiors. She has a lot of experience under her belt - in a good way. She's written up some entertaining yet informational posts about the way she's gotten to where she is. Her stories include some true-tales that you typically don't hear about regarding someone's success. Some of my idol-designers (that I've been lucky enough to get to know on a personal level), have custom-tailored their own career, and a lot of the time, their paths turn out to have some very unexpected turns. It made me realize, that again, just like each unique interior design project out there, there's a unique situation taking place for a person to implement those experiences. AKA - people gain experience from others who provide that experience, and that is how each individual gains such a colorful background in this thing we call the 'design world.'
That's my saga for now. And in case you didn't pick up on what's next - I'll be sharing my career story line with you. It'll start with my first internship ever (get ready for some really embarrassing phone calls). I'll finally get to where I am today, and hint: I'll reveal what insanely exciting job I just accepted!
PS - Mad props to Natalie from Veneer Designs for sharing her 'how I got here from there' design-tale, due to the fact that she was 'done' getting coffee with someone every time they were potentially, slightly interested in maybe becoming an Interior Designer. Read her post about building a sturdy path - before you even think it only takes good taste in colors to become an interior designer.
PPS - Natalie and I met in person after we had met via e-mail, and it was definitely one of those meet-cute stories, like the way it's explained in the movie The Holiday.