Do you define your work or does your work define you?
The answer is so personal. It’s entirely up to each unique personality in the world.
Some professionals focus hard on their goals and work until they get where they want to be. Others decide to get job to pay the bills and work on their passion project at night or on weekends.
Any of those options is fantastic as long as you can clearly envision what satisfies you.
Today, I want to publicly declare that after having five jobs in four years, I found my true call. I’m not only referring to professional endeavours and objectives. I’m saying that I clearly see the path to find the projects that I want to pursue.
When I graduated in 2010, I was extremely sure I wanted to work in the advertising world. I saw myself as a creative director in a reputable agency. I wanted to offer solutions to brands and create punchy lines for multimedia campaigns at national and international levels. This would eventually result in winning awards and collecting them all in a bookshelf to show everyone who visited my nice big office.
As soon as I got myself a job as a copywriter in an ad agency, something inside me died. I just knew it wasn’t for me. The first trial didn’t end up well, but a second and third confirmed the advertising world wasn’t for me. Some things just aren’t meant to be.
I never found the “right voice” for the brands I worked for; instead, I found my own voice. I listened and realized that I can create without fitting a client’s definition of “creative” or “not really creative.” My own imagination can take me places.
The idea of writing fiction is something that truly motivates me. It encourages me to read more and improve every sentence that I write. There’s just so much inspiration around, and it’s endless.
I’m not good at selling cereal or vodka, but I can be really good at sharing the worlds I create.
I think it’s worth giving it a try at the end of a regular day. A regular day for me is coming back from work, taking a shower, cooking dinner and then typing a word after another until I feel I made I finished a story.
Eventually, I’ll find the best ways to share my work and see where that leads me. I like the idea of taking small steps consistently.
So ultimately, you choose your own professional destination. It’s great if a 9 to 5 job is fulfilling. It’s also great if you have a day job and work on your real craft at night.
It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.