• Jackilyn Hiss

Phew... excuse me while I stop for a breather.

Updated: May 29, 2021

This website has been a long time coming. I mean that entirely in a literal sense. when I was in college I started building my ‘portfolio’ and please believe me when I say it was nothing, NOTHING, that I would be proud to show any future client or employer nowadays lol. Then I graduated with my BS in Interactive Media Design and I had no desire to design anything because I wanted a break. It took me 5 years (getting a puppy and having two kids in that same time) and I just wanted a nap, to not turn in any papers, and to be able to do whatever I wanted after work. I’m laughing now because having kids equals no naps and not being able to do whatever the hell I wanted. So there was that.

THENNN COVID hit. I was like ’oh crap, I gotta get my portfolio together.’ But you know, it just didn’t feel right. I couldn’t figure out what kind of vibe I wanted to give off or how I wanted potential clients or customers to see me. Would it turn some clients away if I used neon colors and bright designs? Would some of my more conservative clients feel less confident that I could tone it down for the vision they had? When I tried to put my initial portfolio together I got feedback that didn’t feel so great. Like, yeah I see what you’ve done, but you haven’t done X-Y-Z and so on. So I trudged on and ended up putting it on the back burner.

2020 turned out to be an awesome year with several clients who turned into repeat clients. Most people probably won’t be able to say this about last year, but it was MY YEAR. Hands down. I feel like I found myself. Having to stay home and come to terms with where I wanted to go with my business really forced me to find my true self. I couldn’t be happier or more grateful. I still have a long way to go, but I plan to keep creating and becoming more innovative as the years come!

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