1- Can you tell our readers about your background?
I have always dreamed of being an artist ever since I was a kid. Coming from a family of engineers, I was always told that art wouldn’t pay the bills. As a result, I became an electrical engineer.
Despite studying engineering, I’ve always dreamed of being a digital nomad and working online. However, at the time I had no idea what it was called. Despite my best efforts, there was no substantial information on the internet on how to become one. Therefore, I put it aside. However, I never stopped dreaming about it.
I have worked in the construction industry for five years. Along with my full-time job, I worked all kinds of jobs related to the arts during those five years. For a while, I was a photographer and a videographer for a small studio. It was my way of coping with the stress of my day job.
My job has never been enjoyable for me. In the beginning, it was okay. It was something new that I had to learn, but as I got deeper into my job, it just seemed pointless. I was part of this amazing project that’s known around the world, but to me, it was just a building. It didn’t give me any pride or satisfaction.
In meetings and online seminars, I used to be amazed at how people were so enthusiastic about the latest trends in their field while I barely listened to the rest. That’s when I said to myself, “I guess this is really not for me.”
2- What Made You to Take the Action to start your business?
The lockdown hasn’t been easy. Because most construction sites overseas were on hold due to an increase in covid cases, we thought the workload would decrease, but it wasn’t the case at our company. We were on a work from home setup since covid started in March.
For some, it could be a dream to be working your 8-5 job at the comfort of your own home but to me, it was a nightmare. Workload kept piling up, most days we’d have to work overtime and there were just never-ending deadlines.
I began to lose a lot of hair due to stress and I would cry in front of the computer every day or sing so loudly to relieve my anxiety. I was unable to sleep. Throughout the day, I would have sudden panic attacks. Seeing this, my mother was really concerned and said it was best to quit if I wasn’t happy or it didn’t work any longer.
It was around mid-July when I realized I couldn’t go on like this. I told my manager I was considering resigning. Since they didn’t want me to leave, they offered me a one-month leave instead. On the day I took my one month leave, a Facebook ad about freelancing popped up out of nowhere. I felt like the world was sending me a sign. I enrolled on the course.
I took it easy for the first two weeks. My goal was to get more sleep, to live without panic attacks and anxiety in the mornings. In addition to improving, I was also learning more about graphic design. I was happy again. It was something I enjoyed and something I actually wanted to learn. For me, it was more of a journey of discovering what else I was capable of in my life.
There was a point when I felt like I was doing something mischievous behind my employer’s back, and it was at that moment that I also decided that I would still quit even after taking that month off.
I started my own creative business and took on small projects at a time. With a firm plan to quit later in the year, I returned to my 8-5. November was when I finally sent in my resignation letter. My December was spent developing my portfolio, signing up for online work, and joining Facebook groups to look for work. In January 2021, I became a full-time designer.
I mentioned earlier that I worked as a photographer and videographer. As a videographer, I loved the fact that when a wedding was about to end and the same-day-edit video started playing, everyone turned to look at the screen and relived the day. Being a part of that was an amazing experience. It was like creating memories that people would be able to hold onto for the rest of their lives. My passion for art and desire to be able to be a part of creating something that would be remembered by my clients for the rest of their lives inspired me to start my business. In the beginning, of course, it was just about me taking a step out of my comfort zone, but I realized later that this isn’t just for me but for everyone who wanted to dream and create too. This is what inspired my businesses.