I studied math and computer science at a private research school in the US for 4 years (reduced courseload) and as I got a real sense of what my field was like, I started developing a distaste for it all. Then came the extremely difficult classes, the ailing grades, and the depression / anxiety duo. I pulled out before I finished the degree to take a breather.
I’m more than halfway through that year, and I don’t think I’m going back to finish the degree.
Last spring, I started work on two projects from home. One of them was a packaging project . The design project was pitched to a rather large company that you’ve probably heard of, and it’s being shopped as we speak. I’m extremely anxious to hear their response, but they’ve already sunk quite a bit into legal and patent work so all signs are good.
This can land me passive income for a few years and let me work on my next project.
But - the inherent uncertainty of being a self-starter is exacerbated by my lack of a specific, usable skillset. If my entrepreneurial endeavor at hand doesn’t work out, I’ll be stuck .I’m a jack of many trades, master of none.
Interestingly, when I ask myself what I would consecrate time to learn and spend time doing in an office setting, the answer is always design or something related. I have no experience with it aside from my only packaging project that I can’t even publicize, but I think I can be really good at it if I learn the theory and work on some more diversified projects. I have an eye for packaging, furniture, household objects, and interiors. I enjoy working with my hands, I’m good with computers, and I can cross from technical to creative and back with ease. I’ve thought about going down this route a while back when I dropped out of school, but I never had the guts to dive in. I’m now not only ready, but desperate to learn and make something of myself in a field that I already adore.
I’d like to build my portfolio and I don’t know where to start. My visualization and mental manipulation of objects is really good , but my drawing is very bad. I’ve already started sketching and I bought some books.
I don’t know how to design on the computer in 3D, 2D nor do I know how to “render”. Where should I start?
I’m thinking that I should set a goal of putting together a prelim portfolio by November (6 months) with a clear outline of what I need and how many of each. Then I’ll take what I’ve learned , and what I have and kick it up a notch.
I’d eventually start sending out the CV to various places.
Can I get some help with this please? I don’t know who else to ask and thankfully I found this forum.
In a perfect life, I’d have gone straight into ID after high school, but I didn’t know about then in the sense I do now. What a shame.