Acting as my own CEO, I wrote a mission statement that encapsulates, on a high level, who I am and what I hope to accomplish in my career.
I assembled some of the things I would like to accomplish as a guideline to build my career. It's really important for me to have a work-life balance so I've included images of my family (top left). My creative goals include getting a cover of the New Yorker and illustrating a children's book so I've added those to my mood board (top right). I've also pinned up some creatives who have careers similar to the one I aspire to have on the bottom right like Jessica Hische, Aaron Draplin, and Christoph Niemann to keep me inspired.
I also created a simple Yes/No style guide to help me decide in the future whether or not to take certain projects. In the Yes column I put projects that I love and would like to do more of: lettering, illustration, collaborations with creative companies like Tattly, etc. In the No column I put some types of projects I don't want to be doing: logos for corporations I'm not passionate about, wedding invitations, etc.
Be Your Own Developer: Experiment
Since one of the goals on my moodboard was to teach a class, I started by leading more meetings at work and volunteering to speak at small meetup groups. I also organized a weekend lettering class once a month for friends and family who might be interested.
I updated my website, portfolio, about me, and social media to reflect the kind of work I want to be known for and continue to do in the future. When uploading your own project here, feel free to provide links to get feedback from the Skillshare community!