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While I love being hands on with design recently I've found myself dreading actually doing the work. After multiple rounds of pitches, approvals of concepts and wires, and the ol' push and pull I find myself saying "fuck, after all that I have to now get this shit done!" I'm starting to really enjoy selling the concepts and talking through and explaining the desired results more than directing/executing the project(s).
I think I'm also getting frustrated with the people, who are often in these meetings, who don't have to go do all the work - just sitting around emailing and speaking with clients all day - prolly making a similar salary too. Am I turning into an account guy, am I morphing into sales, or am I just evolving in my career to a level where I should focus exclusively on the concept and be removed from the production that I used to love so much? Almost like I either want to be completely hands on or totally hands off - bit of a crossroads here.
Sounds like you like being an ad / cd. Lots of people who run successful studios don't actually design anymore.
I feel myself drifting that way too. I'm starting to make shit that makes me happy in my studio at home so it's getting easier to let go of design in my main role. I disagree with you on one part though. The people emailing and speaking with clients make more money not similar money. And lets be real. Most of us are smart enough to do that job.