Like many of you, I have been doing creative work for most of my existence. I am very fortunate to have realized early on that I could make a living out of it by becoming a designer. That moment was a catalyst for the rest of my life—I was free. I have worked for magazines, brands, tech bros, corporations, some of the most talented and talentless people I’ve ever met. Even during the worst day at my crappiest job I was doing what I love for a living. You, too, can do what you love, be happy and make a living or perfect your craft if you work hard at it. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
These past few days were filled with excitement and energy at Adobe MAX in Los Angeles. I had the opportunity to chat with Takashi Murakami about what inspires him and what challenges him as an artist and designer. I sat under the LA sun with Noreen Morioka talking about spirit animals and the future of creativity. I hugged Aaron Draplin and weaved through downtown LA's traffic-choked streets for hours on scooters with Adobe Studio’s best. Seeing people in their element surrounded by peers chasing the same light is nothing short of magic. I returned to San Francisco with a full heart and my brain completely engulfed in flames. I want you to feel this way. I want you to be free.
We can use a plethora of excuses to not give creativity a shot or to not work as hard as we can. As far as I know, we only get one go at this thing, so you might as well make it count. Every conversation, every handshake, every blank page, every pen stroke or pixel pushed adds up to the creative experience giving you the power to decide your fate.
Take a moment to look around you. Creativity and opportunity envelop your existence more than you realize; peel off the layers that hold you back and give it a shot. This is the first step to making it yours. It won’t be painless, but I guarantee that this is a solid way to “do you,” to keep making and growing, and to get closer to living a fulfilling creative life regardless of what you do.