About 2 weeks ago, I was offered a job in Parts Express’s marketing department as the Home A/V Product Line Manager. I said yes.
My decision was not made easy. While some people might say “duh!”, I had to weigh some heavy options. I won’t be doing any more graphic work. I will still work with designs, advertisements, and photography but it will only come from a critical end. Simply put: I will no longer create any kind of artwork here. I’ve spent my entire adult life devoted to learning techniques and keeping up my creativity. I will still be applying outside-the-box thinking on a daily basis, but my hands won’t be getting as dirty as I like to. Oh sure, I can do artwork in my free time. But if you have ever worked a 9-5, you know that post-work work is much easier said than done. Imagine that your brain is a steak and work is the grill - 8 hours of work will get your brain well-done. Anything beyond that and you risk over cooking (aka - burnt out). Nonetheless, I will be doing my best to keep up on freelance artwork, personal projects, and filling out Etsy orders for calligraphy.
All negative points aside, I have a huge batch of new information coming my way that’s going to push me into a whole new level in the industry. I’m learning how to write copy for products, looking at new products to bring in based on the market, managing product descriptions/pictures, and working with vendors on getting deals. I’m basically the Home A/V bad ass for Parts Express and I couldn’t be more flattered that I was chosen for the role. I’ve still got miles to travel before I’m operating alone. I’ve got a great group that’s been very patient with training me and my own determination to make this the best I can.
I look forward to all the new knowledge and relationships I will be obtaining through my new role. While it’s not artwork, I feel that I’ll be a better designer in the future with this new skill set. I really can’t thank Parts Express enough for the opportunities they have offered me and the trust they have in me to do them well. I plan to give it everything I’ve got.