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On Becoming a Freelance Graphic Designer

Amber Vroman had worked as a graphic designer on the side for the last nine years before deciding to move full time into her work. Previous to this, she had been working in the contact center at Nintendo as a Parker contractor. We are very happy to have Amber join us for a special Parker Live on Conquering Fear as a Freelancer!

It was as a Parker contractor at Nintendo that Amber had the opportunity to speak with the creative director there. That encounter would serve as an epiphany, as she realized that working in the contact center was not getting her any closer to her goal of being a full-time graphic designer. As a contractor, she only had the time to work on one or two creative projects at a time. Drastic change would be needed for her to realize her goals of working creatively full time.

“I realized that the fastest way for me to get hired in this really competitive field was to go ahead and hire myself”

Throughout her career, Amber experienced a common fear that many people do: a fear of failure. Unlike a workplace, she doesn’t have a team to rely on – her failures are all her own. She recommends the book Art and Fear, which speaks to the challenges of making a living via the creative process.

The book gave her perspective on taking that leap. “There is a fear of failure and a possibility of failure in anything you do, so why not try and fail in something you love instead of putting work into something that your not as passionate about?”

In our twelve minute conversation, Amber goes on to talk about other challenges she’s faced as a freelancer, including hustling for business as an introvert. Thank you so much Amber for your time and congratulations on your big leap into freelancing!

“There is a fear of failure and a possibility of failure in anything you do, so why not try and fail in something you love instead of putting work into something that your not as passionate about?”

Catch our full interview here. If you are interested in Amber’s work, you can find it on her Instagram page (@theambervroman) and at www.ambervroman.com.

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