A Healthy Dose of Reality — 3 weeks

I am pleased to announce that I officially have two sublets lined up (for good prices) to last me through the end of June! It’s a relief to not have to think about where I’m going to stay for awhile. And to my surprise, both places are within a block of each other, so I guess I’m supposed to be in that area for a time…

Monday morning I had a phone interview with a startup in the travel industry for a position as a User Interface designer and jack-of-all-trades. They are looking for someone to be a founding member of the company and to provide an aesthetic vision for the service. I am certainly interested in talking with them further if they are interested in me. We will see…

This morning a creative director at an ad agency generously took some time out of his busy day to let me pick his brain about getting into advertising. It was a healthy dose of reality; to sum it up, advertising is extremely difficult to get into. The advertising industry prides itself on being progressive and forward-thinking, but it is very traditional in the sense that you essentially have to know someone to get a job. There are ad schools you can go to that have extensive networks in the industry, so you are pretty much guaranteed a job if you go to one. It’s like paying to get a job. If I was really passionate about advertising, that is what I would have to do to get the job I want.

But, advertising doesn’t excite me as much as tech does, so I am taking that option off the table unless something falls in my lap. Advertising was more of a backup in my mind, so now I am going to narrow my focus on getting a job at a tech company. Almost everywhere I’ve applied to has been a tech company anyway, but it’s nice to have more clarity of mind and focus. The idea that “finding out what you don’t want to do is just as valuable as finding out what you want to do” never ceases to amaze me.

And that’s where it’s an odd bittersweet feeling when someone tells you a bit of truth that maybe you didn’t want to hear, but you needed to. Something is bittersweet when you perceive it as negative, but receive it as positive, and vice versa.