One of the many perks of being a graphic designer is getting to see the world through another set of eyes. One of my most treasured clients, David Deeble, helped me gain a bigger picture perspective based on how he adapted his career to his life situation.
David Deeble doesn’t just juggle billiard balls, grocery sacs, and other random objects – he juggles family(which, from talking to him and working with him, always come first), motivational speaking, comedy, psuedo magic, corporate entertaining vs theatrical, and nurturing his own dreams despite obstacles standing in his way. Recently he posted a video where he candidly tells of how he went from #1 Juggler to the #1 Funniest Unique Juggler he is now.
When I started working with Dave, I had only done some very sporadic volunteer work on a military base nearby. Which, isn’t usually the most fun or the most fullfilling since there’s so many different committees and redtape to get past before a design is approved. But volunteer work is always better than sitting at home twiddling your thumbs. The biggest problem I’ve had being a freelance designer is figuring out what in the world to do. Not having a boss is both awesome and terrible. You have all the responsibility to find yourself jobs and do them, which is usually a position in itself in the ‘real job’ world.
Purely by happenstance, I stumbled across David’s blog and commented, and mentioned somewhere on the form that I was a graphic designer. The thought briefly crossed my mind, but I didn’t really think he would be asking me for designs. When he did, I felt like I was getting in over my head. My *first* off base client. And he’s practically a celebrity, being on the Tonight Show and America’s Got Talent. But, since I listen/read/watch all these motivational podcasts/articles/books/tedtalks I know to just say “yes” when opportunity comes knocking. That’s definitely one of the best career choices I’ve made!
While working with him, I’ve learned quite a few things. You don’t immediately have to know how to do all the things you’d like to do – all you have to do is try. “I didn’t have to get it right the first time.” People have a lot more patience than we give them credit. His consistent positive feedback really fed my confidence and I’ve vastly improved over the past year and getting better all the time. Underneath it all, he inspired me to get better at what I’m doing because I could see there was a real purpose behind it. My goal behind the designs I create is to help people visualize their goals and encourage them to keep at it. I want to make something people are proud to put their face on. Something that cements their identity into their dream. Something that spreads the word about what this one person is daring to do. “If you know what you want to do, all you have to do is figure out how – and that’s a much easier question to answer.”