23 January 2013

Dreams come true


Yesterday I finally got the call I have been waiting for for 2 weeks.
I got the job.
If you've ever been unemployed for more than 6 months you know that this is a pretty big deal. A really big deal actually! You can stop worrying and being completely unaware of how your future will look.

I am very happy to share these news with you, as from march, I will be working at an advertisement agency in Helsingborg. I originally applied for a job as a graphic designer, but to my luck the Create Director, Art Director and Managing Director all liked my versatility so I'm rather being hired as a photographer/illustrator/designer... oh just a bit of everything. I'll probably be doing some photo retouching and perhaps some simpler films as well.

The younger you are, the more you dream about being an artist sitting alone in your loft all day painting and looking in magazines that have interviews with you. But the older you get, you realize that human contact and a little bit routine actually makes you happier. At least it's like that for me. I met a freelance illustrator yesterday during an interview and she was all Oh don't bother about safety! Don't think about money, take a few jobs and study some classes in between. I informed her that I had been studying for 6 years and that I actually wanted to get on with things. I want to have an every day job, colleagues and enough money so that I can finally buy a place and live with my boyfriend. But in the creative world it's often a little taboo to think like this because safety is the opposite of crazy creativity. Haha... oh well...

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42 comments:

  1. I wish you all the best, I'm in a similar situation and I know how frustrating it feels.... Congrats on the new job!!!

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  2. Congratulations Ulrika! I've been reading your blog a while now, and following your job hunting reminds me of the 6 months I was unemployed after finishing university. I hope you get on well in your new job!

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  3. I'm happy for you, finding a secure job changes your perspectives...
    All the best. Enjoy your new life and objectives !
    Rockygirl

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  4. Congratulations and good luck with the new job! I hope it will be everything you hope for =)

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  5. Congratulations with the job! Wish you the best!

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  6. congratulations! i was unemployed in Ireland for one year!! it was crazy, i know how depressing it can be especially when you're creative type, so i can feel your happiness! hope it goes well

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    1. Yes, it's really frustrating! Luckily, there was some light at the end of my tunnel..although it felt very dark there for a moment!

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  7. Congratulations!!!!! You will love having the job, being around a team, and all that it entails. In another six months you will look back and miss a bit of the flexibility, freedom and abilities you have now that you will no longer experience (in some ways); life is a journey and the ability to have an income is so important. You will find on your days off you are finding a wonderful balance in life. Wishing you all the best with this new adventure and congratulations, again. They are lucky to have you!!

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    1. Hm, maybe not in six months, but perhaps after a year. But I'm not sure, I always like being busy and can get rather bored when I don't have anything to do.

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  8. Well done! You may get tired of routine but you'll see. As you said, it depends on the personnalities!
    Good luck

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  9. congratulations!
    and I understand you completely
    a job does not mean you can't be creative anymore
    in fact, a routine always makes me more creative
    I am working from my home for 4 years now
    and what I miss the most are collegues
    so
    dive in and enjoy!

    all the best,
    Patrice A.

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    1. I agree! The project manager said that he would say that either you're the most creative when you have a lot of safety in your life or when you're completely miserable. I can't create ANYTHING when I'm miserable...haha... then I just feel like it's the arts fault that I'm depressed.

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  10. At last! They've recognized your talents. Seems like a dreamjob to me. I wish you all the luck and enjoy your safety zone. And let me tell you; al daily job does NOT effect your creativity in any way. You may have a little less time for your own things, but 'HELLO', there's what the weekends are for. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you! Finally someone who realizes that safety zones actually have great value in them! Some people are really bad at using their free time, a lot of the students in my class couldn't proceed with their own creative projects during school, I never had that problem. But I think it's the same people that later on blame their job for their lack of time for creating. There is always time... you just have to know how to use it :)

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  11. So happy for you Uli! :)))) You're an amazing artist. All the best in your work! :)))))

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  12. Congratulations on getting such an exciting job! I'm happy for you, wishing you all the greatest things in life. I like how you write down the last paragraph, it's so realistic :)

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  13. Såå perfekt! Grattis Grattis miljoner grattis! :D

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  14. congratulations for the job uli!
    well unfortunately in this world
    if you want to fullfill some of your dreams
    you need money... : )

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  15. Aw!!! I'm so happy for you Uli! Make the best of it and show them what you're made of! ;)

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  16. Congratulations, Uli!!
    I love reading about your thoughts on the creative world and how they change through the years :)

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  17. Well done! I feel the same way ~ I dreamed of having my own loft to paint in all day when I was younger but when you age you realise how important it is to have an environment where you can interact with others (especially other creative types).

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    1. Yeah... the best memories from my life are often when I did something fun with a group of people... there has never been money or success involved in those moments. We're still animals... interaction will always be the biggest joygiver.

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  18. Hooray! Congratulations! It sounds a great role, with different things to do to keep it interesting.

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  19. yay!!!! congratulations!!!! well deserved. i love my calender btw!

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  20. Congrats! Look forward to taking this new journey with you!

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  21. This is MAGNIFICENT! congrats times a million. It sounds like a great job, a little of everything, a lot of fun. maybe some awesome versatility! I know what you mean about the floating thing, it can get a little old after a while, just don't forget that someday (maybe very very soon) you will be settled and might start missing your ability to float around a bit..... that is to say, enjoy the floatiness of it all!

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  22. As I get older, my dreams are getting dimmer. The future is unsure of, and everything is confusing. What I want to do is in the creative field as well, and although I've yet to start, I'm afraid of it. What you have written is completely true, in the creative world it is often a little taboo to think about safety. I'm just hoping that I might maybe stand out and get a job like yours as well.

    xx
    http://www.angelkein.com/

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  23. Grattis till jobbet! Det är så härligt när man når ett mål eller sin dröm. Jag förstår precis vad du menar med att behöva ett schema och rutiner inom ett kreativtyrke, eller vilken profession man än må välja. Jag kan tycka att det är väldigt jobbigt med "tabun" om ett "vanligt jobb" inom den kreativasektorn, speciellt när man håller på med något mer konstnärligt. På HDK, där jag går, så är det nästan mer en regel än ett undantag att folk inte vill ha ett fast jobb, vilket jkag kan tycka är väldigt frustrerande.
    Lycka till på jobbet!

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    1. Hej Amanda, ja jag kan tänka mig att det ligger i luften på HDK. Men man ska verkligen gå sin egen väg... man föds ju med ett visst psyke... och man måste leva livet så som man bäst kommer må psykologiskt. Jag tycker att kontakt med människor och rutin är jätteviktigt för att jag ska må bra psykologiskt... att bara rita eller bli "Känd" för sin konst ger väldigt kort psykologisk tillfredsställelse. Annars hade ju kända människor varit dom lyckligaste i världen, men tyvärr brukar det vara tvärtom eftersom de blir så isolerade från vanligt umgänge.
      Lycka till på HDK och lyssna alltid mer på sig själv än dina lärare och kursare :)

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  24. Congratulations! I'm excited for you and what this new job opportunity will inspire you to share with us on your blog.

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  25. Our warmest congratulations!

    U and Laura

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  26. That's brill, bet you're relieved. I was unemployed for 9 months when I graduated. I noticed you've mentioned a couple of times that your work is getting ripped off? Obviously, if someone is making a lot of money by doing that, it's worth fighting it, but in the creative world you need to accept that everyone is a massive thief! My tutor at uni used to say 'all design is theft'. Think he meant that we never make anything new without using things that already exist. Try not to worry about it - people will know you're the real deal, and you're obviously doing well if people like your stuff enough to use it (albeit in the wrong way).

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    1. Hah, I agree that the creative world is filled with thiefs, but I'm a thief myself... it's not like I would have been able to create what I do without getting inspired by other talents... so I guess you take a little and give a little. It's annoying when your stuff gets ripped of, but better putting your energy on creating new things and evolving than framing the people without imagination.

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  27. Thank you SUPER much for your support!!! I hope I won't make a fool of myself :)

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  28. Dear Uli,
    reading your post really touched my heart.
    As you (and quite some other repliers before) I imagined myself much more as an alone-working-on-projects Artist when I was young. But as I got older I realized that being surrounded by some routine, structure and colleagues is such a bless.
    And it make things more clear talking about free- and worktime - or let's say a bit.
    But must important: sharing the small things together. In the end I guess we humans like to hang around in groups, socialising (at least with nice people) :)

    While being unemployed I started to doubt myself a lot. To give yourself all the confidence for new projects, customers, money decisions, future plans etc, is hard. And I rather prefer to have that energy for my creativity.

    Just the best wishes for your all your ways. And in case you fooled yourself: well, who knows what this gone lead you to. So many ways to rome...

    Nika

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