Was it a dream come true?
I never thought that playing with some images texts, clip arts, shapes, charts, logos etc., and trying to rotate them, animate, add some audio or symbol, play with color on them and other childish tricks could be a fulfilling career which would at the end of the day bring food on the table. Of course I knew that they could help me buy a bagel, or maybe a cheese burger, but nothing fancy such as a warm winter holiday.
Therefore when I went to college, I pursued something manly. Something which could attract potential employers, good contracts and guess what? At the end of the day — no the month —, I would have plenty to party, shop and save the rest to visit places like Santorini, Greece or Mara in Kenya.
I wish all this came true, but life is very indifferent form our desires and has a very peculiar way of presenting to us what it believes is best for us.
A little bit about me.
I’m Edgar, Edgar Kane to be more detailed. I always wanted to do something which would eventually be more ‘fulfilling’. I mean something which could afford me a private beach if I wanted one. Of course I love private beach parties. My inspiration was drawn from my mom who was a successful business lady. She started her career as a banker before venturing into business eventually where she had a good share of success.
Each day she tasked herself by formulating work framework or schedule, she encouraged me. Whenever she would call me to help her – during weekend or holidays – she elevated my ambitions and spirits. I felt that I was destined to become more successful than her; the likes of Steve Jobs or Donald Trump.
When I went to college, you guess is good as mine, I studied a degree in Business Administration. For years down the line, I graduated with good grades and off I went to search for a job. Not long I found one. As a banker – the same starting point as mom.
I anticipated that after working for some time, I would be off launching an iconic business. I never figured out which one though. I knew that I will do this as soon as I’m off from being employed. However, two years down, I had made no meaningful progress. Actually I felt fed up with the repetitive tasked and each day I now dreamed of getting my hand on something more ‘fulfilling’. Not long I tendered my resignation and with the little that I had saved, and a bit from my mom, I went back to college.
This time, I never wanted to pursue something career that would keep me locked behind a mahogany table all the day or glued to the computer trying to balance some stupid accounting figures.
I enrolled to study graphic design. I yearned for a career which would be more creative and fulfilling. I needed to do something which was inspirational and worth my efforts.
At first I was nervous about the whole idea because I had no foundation or background about arts. When I look back now, I realize that I shouldn’t have been because I really loved and cared for the course and this helped build confidence, experience and creativity much faster than my course mates hence graduating at the top of the class.
After finishing the course, I decided to set up a small agency working with customizable gifts before I could secure a job. After six months of working, I realized that I never even wanted to be employed because I had already built a good portfolio and more clients were reaching for me each day.
I never should have wasted my four years at college doing some stupid BA degrees. No. I think I never wasted. What I learnt in BA has really helped me excel in business. Though I must admit that it has taken a lot of efforts and perseverance to make it.