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Drawing the line

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A month ago if you were to ask me if I could be able to handle a variety of work, my answer would have been: I ought to be able to. I have had six jobs in two weeks… I’m a freelancer.

I guess business was good. It’s almost as if clients have a satellite connected to your desktop, tracking your workday and decide to shower you with loads, in a very short space of time. Can you design this for me and have it ready tomorrow morning, I have a presentation at nine? You don’t need a brief I trust you! I want this logo to have a little boy on a swing holding a grenade…(my mind, waiting to explode) *Sigh*. But sometimes you have to work your way to create from briefs that, on the surface, don’t really appear to be that creative themselves.

In most cases, time allowed to complete the work given becomes inversely proportional to the time taken by client to work out what to complain about. That’s when you realize, a client who knows exactly what they want is worse than one that has no idea. As an artist, drawing the line and knowing that everything has to be done immediately, deadlines are incredibly important unless a client has to provide materials, extra information or approve work. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, I love the rush, it excites me as much as it is distressing.

Everything is fine until  they all cease to exist when you need them most.

My most recent client, my former boss, whom I do all his work, trusts me with all his might. Simply because I carry the loyalty of a hufflepuff. I struggle to say no to him
(Weakness). Well it takes me back to 2009, when I first started working with him. He needed someone to operate an 8000s designJet, which I knew nothing about. Him on the other hand had no experience whatsoever about the work he was doing, yet he was unbelievably blessed with the right resources that could have taken him where he wanted to be. Sadly not (Well, let me leave it at that).

During that time I frequented his office, during and after my classes to learn and master this piece, or rather large machinery. A few weeks later, working as the designer and the assistant machine operator for his company. I would like to believe I can handle any kind of machine with less effort, finding my way very easily.

Which is something I’m not doing very well as to finding clients, and not just clients but the ‘right’ clients. It goes to show that putting a portfolio out there won’t make its magic alone and client referrals won’t do any justice either. Note to self… GET ON YOUR BEHIND AND GO Make yourself noticed – in a good way.

Now that’s ambitions of a willionaire.

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Lessons from the man who invented the iPhone

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Dear Lebohang

I am a great fan of Apple products. I have an iPhone, and iPad and even an Apple AirBook computer! And I am a great admirer of Steve Jobs who started the Apple Company.
He once said that he had three Rules for living a good life…
Connecting the dots – follow your heart and believe. Search till you find what you love to do. Keep looking, don’t settle for less. Live each day as if it is your last day.

Connecting the dots – follow your heart and believe, Steve said that when you plan your life, you cannot see how things will link together.
You can’t “connect the dots”: when you live your life forward. Only when you look back will you see how things are linked together. Steve took a class in calligraphy when he was at College.

It was something that he loved doing. And when he started designing the Apple computers, the training he got in calligraphy had a huge impact on the design of the Apple software.
When he took the class in calligraphy, he was doing something that interested him, and something he was passionate about. He could never predict how it would help him design the software for Apple computers. You cannot plan your life step by step. You can only follow your heart and believe that things will work out for the best. Search till you find something you love to do – don’t settle for less.

Going to College, dropping out of College, attending classes in things that interested him… these were things he did in his search to find something he loved to do. He had to live with friends, sleep on the floor, even get his meals from a local church because he could not afford to buy food… all of this while he was looking to find the thing he loved to do. And when he found that he really loved developing computers and software, nothing could stop him! He changed the computer industry and radically changed the music industry with the iPod.

If you are not sure what you want to do with your life. Then take the time to try out different things. First decide what you really love to do. If you just grab the first job or the first career that you find, then you are settling for less than you can be. If you work on a career that your parents or friends want you to follow, then you are settling for their dreams. You deserve to do a job you love. Don’t settle for less. Find your own dream. Live each day as if it is your last.

When you know that you are dying, then you realise how short your life is. Life is too short to live your life for someone else. Too short to do a job that your family thinks will make
them look good. Too short to do a job you hate. When Steve was told he was dying, he could look at his life without regrets.

He knew that he did what he loved doing. That makes the failures less painful and the successes even sweeter.

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LiveOnMadiba

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A striking typographic portrait of Nelson (Madiba, Tata, Rolihlahla) Mandela I created almost a year ago, as a wall banner, featuring some of his famous quotes.

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