“They’re pampered, privileged, indulged – part of the ‘cultural
elite.’ They spend all their time smoking pot and sipping absinthe. To use a
term that’s acquired currency lately, they’re entitled. And they’re not – after
all – real Americans.”
If you're content spending many quiet hours working on your art, consider pursuing a career as a graphic designer.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as a graphic designer you might create visual concepts to get your client's message across to their target audience. Part of the role might also include developing logos, illustrations, or websites with designs created by hand or with computer programs.
How is it ideal for quiet people? Are you a visual thinker who is more conversant in the world of shapes, patterns, and colors than in words? That can be an asset if you're aiming to be a graphic designer. If you experience the world first and foremost through your eyes, you can make everything you touch a lot more aesthetically pleasing as a graphic designer.
The other thing I did, I now discover, was to convince myself that there was nothing else, absolutely nothing, I would rather be doing. That I had found my true calling in life, and that I was unbelievably lucky to be getting paid – most of the time – for something that I was passionate about, and would probably be doing in some form or other anyway...
So was it worth it?
Well of course not. It turns out it was just advertising.
There’s a moment in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris when Owen Wilson, after mooning endlessly over Paris in the 20’s, (The artists! The writers!) suddenly has the realization: “These people don't have any antibiotics!”
Lou Brooks' Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies serves the same purpose for any Mad Men fans thinking the era of stingy-brimmed hats was some sort of golden age for art directors.
If you haven’t done so already, we suggest you update your LinkedIn profile with the latest in self-aggrandizing titles: Creative Executive
Judging by the recent LinkedIn Network Updates we’ve received, everyone is doing it - which is a good enough reason for us. On the other hand, if its very popularity makes it unappealing to you, we offer these modifications:
• Chief Creative Executive Officer
• Creative Executioner (perfect for you idea-killing clients)