Since my graduation in 2014 I mainly worked as a freelance illustrator and did some brief internships at various places. Wanting to put my feet down I spent the last two years looking for permanent positions with no luck at all. Freelancing is no joy, unemployment is no better either. We all know why. My self-esteem was hurt badly, the only thing that kept me going forward was the thought I am not alone in this mess.
Seemingly positive job interviews were eventually resulted in rejections or excuses, based on the biased professional assumption of my lack of commercial experience. Really? – I questioned myself. Then I realised something is not quite right with the situation I am in. I stopped for a moment to think. Something had to be done.
I re-evaluated everything around me. Determined to succeed, I began to employ new methods. I made a bolder CV and completely re-conceptualized my portfolio. Then I emailed agencies outside the UK in Germany, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland… I soon found out, the Dutch Wanderbrief is looking for a designer to work for two weeks at an Icelandic advertising agency in Reykjavík. Knowing I had nothing to lose, I applied. In a very short period of time my intensive work suddenly bore its fruit! Wanderbrief selected me to travel and work in Iceland. Now it was time for me to make a decision in a split second. I bet you know now what happened 🙂
Although I wanted things to change in my life for good, I never thought that I will ever end up working in Iceland. I didn’t quite comprehend the reality of this unexpected journey until I found myself sitting on the plane to Reykjavík… It felt as if I had become alive again after a long time.