Hey everyone, I’m 25 years old and I’m applying for a scholarship at an art school that I’ve been accepted to recently to major in graphic design. They want it to be 400 pages long (or a whole page long) and they want to know why I want to pursue a career as a graphic designer. I have a few reasons why I want to pursue a career in the field, but I know that they want to know the backstory behind it or big reasons? The thing is that I’m not sure if I have a concrete backstory or motivation for pursuing graphic design in of itself.
I’ve been sitting down and thinking about my reasons for pursuing a career in design, and this is what I’ve written on paper:
I’ve been creating things my whole life
I want to share more of my creativity with other people and I see graphic design as a way to do that
I’ve worked a number of jobs over the years and I’d like to have a career where work barely feels like work.
In detail, I really have been creating things my whole life. Whether it be drawing, sketching, sculpting, starting businesses, etc. I’ve recently gotten interested in graphic design over the past few years but I haven’t had a full chance to delve into the subject and make a big amount of work or learn the programs. I’ve made a handful or less of designs with Canva and have removed a background with another but that’s about it. Getting interested in graphic design was really random for me. For years I wanted to be a visual artist but then I started reconsidering it because I read more about the art industry and I’d like to create art on my own terms, other than what consumers want in the industry. One evening I was just walking with a family member to the store and I had the random feeling that I wanted to pursue a career as a graphic designer. At that moment, in my mind, I literally said “I want to be a graphic designer…” That was it. There were no pegasus horses coming down from heavens singing hymns, or aliens coming down from the skies to take me away. Just the thought. The possibility crossed my mind a few times over the years but I wasn’t interested. It does look pretty cool. It seems nice to use the computer for creative work just as much as drawing honestly, I feel like it would be a little less pressuring if I’m working commercially with a deadline. With sketching, I’m always making sure I get the lines or shades right but with a design, I can literally click the Back button to fix my last problem, still being careful, but it’s a little less stressful. If I make a big enough mess with a drawing then it may be unfixable. I’m also excited about all of the different kinds of shapes, scenarios or things that I’ll put together and come up with. I’m not 100% sure about my motivation for doing it. Graphic design honestly just seems like a job that I would honestly enjoy doing if I were to work in a traditional job setting. I know there would be a lot of work to do but I feel that I would enjoy it or be driven to finish, for the most part.
So this is where you come in. Why did you pursue a career as a commercial artist/graphic designer? Please know that I won’t steal any of your writing, or plagiarize, I’m just trying to get inspiration and see what prompted you all to pursue the career. What motivated you all? Maybe it would help with my own personal essay to see where you all are coming from as well.