If you’ve ever looked for a job, then there’s a good chance you’ve seen the same qualification we all have:
3–5 years of experience required
It’s easy to see this, roll your eyes, and move onto the next job post.
After all, there’s a good chance you haven’t worked 3–5 years in the industry and you would feel guilty about lying to a potential employer.
I’m here to peel back the curtain and let you in on a (not so) little secret:
They couldn’t care less if you have 3–5 years of experience.
Do you know what they care about?
Life is crazy right now.
Forests have been burning, hurricanes are still popping up left and right, and we can’t decide if it’s safer to stay inside or outside.
2020 felt like one big game of The Sims being played by a ten-year-old sadist who just wants to watch the (digital) world burn and we’re still doing our best to get by one day at a time.
If you’re like me, then you’ve found yourself answering the same questions in a Groundhog Day-esque loop for most of the year:
You would think after almost a year, we would all have…
As a straight, cis-gendered white guy (with a beard and glasses) who works in the creative industry, I can’t help but admit privilege has played a huge part in my life (and the lives of others who identify similarly, whether or not they have glasses and a beard…but let’s be honest — they probably do).
After college, this privilege allowed me take a much less traditional path:
I decided to freelance full-time.
Over the past decade, I’ve made a living illustrating posters and prints, building brands, laying out websites, designing apps, writing articles, facilitating workshops, throwing summer camps, starting companies…
Anyone who tells you otherwise is either a masochist or someone who enjoys romanticizing struggle.
Conflict is especially hard when it’s out of your hands.
Take your parents getting divorced for example.
One of the hardest parts is how helpless you feel. After all, it’s not happening to you — it’s happening to your parents and there is (almost) absolutely nothing you can do about it.
The worst part? What happens after.
Whether you like it or not, once your parents get divorced, you have to balance the wants, needs, motivations, and expectations of two completely separate parties…
A few years ago, I plunged head first into Corporate America after a decade of working for myself, and honestly, there are still some days I feel like I’m a spy behind enemy lines.
A huge reason why I worked for myself for so long (and still do in some capacity) is because deep down inside, part of me is anti-authority.
You’ll never find me yelling, “Fuck the system! Burn everything down!” while standing on a desk at the office (mainly because I don’t currently have a desk at the office…or an office).
My flavor is a little more subtle…
Whether or not you realize it, you’re a brand. We all are.
Shortly after the moment we come kicking and screaming into the world, we’re given a (brand) name that will stay with us for the rest of our lives, unless you decide to legally change it.
In my case, my parents named me William Robert Frazier.
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with this name, especially when I graduated college and decided to freelance full-time.
Like many misguided creatives fumbling into the world of freelancing, my first step was to choose whether or not I wanted to brand myself…
In case you haven’t noticed, more and more people are getting into UX design.
If you ask me, this is a smart choice for a ton of reasons.
With any industry boom, some practitioners will see this as a bad thing (mainly because they feel threatened) and others will welcome newbies with opens arms (I say the more, the merrier).
If I had to guess, when people who aren’t as familiar think of UX design, they conjure up images of black turtleneck-clad designers adjusting their trendy glasses as they design apps and smartphones for famous tech companies.
As cool as…
There are so many obvious reasons why UX design is appealing:
The list goes on and on.
These are all huge advantages that don’t apply to every job, but at the end of the day, no single one of these will…
At this point in my career, I find myself talking more and more to others who want to break into the UX industry.
Most of these conversations start by me saying the same thing:
“I wasn’t a UX designer until I was.”
What the hell does this cryptic statement even mean?
Well, like many UX designers, I went to school for graphic design, decided to freelance after college, and naturally fell into working with clients on applications and websites.
The thing is, I still wouldn’t have referred to myself as a UX designer even while working on software for clients…
I love feedback.
Whether it’s positive or negative, direct or indirect, I welcome it with open arms. Nothing gets me giddier than hearing what someone thinks about something I’ve put out in the world for others to enjoy.
Unfortunately, it took me a long time to get to this point.
Thanks to schools, teachers, and coaches (yes, I used to do sports), I was conditioned to get things right on the first try, which meant I did everything I could to avoid making mistakes at all costs.
Like many other impressionable college students, this sprouted into what would soon become…