In April of 2010 I quit my full time advertising job to try freelancing. I started started getting gigs almost immediately with my partner as the time and for the most part I've had a steady stream of work ever since. In the past five years or so I've freelanced at tons of agencies, with millions of people (slight exaggeration) on millions of clients (not an exaggeration). I learned that every agency has it’s shit. And there are good things and bad things at each and every one of them. You can get stuck on a bad client at a great agency and vice versa.
Freelancing definitely isn't for everybody. You don't always know when your next paycheck is coming and your schedule is often in flux. But that stuff rarely bothered me. I loved being in charge of when I was working and always going to new places to work on different things kept me from ever getting bored. Freelance was very, very kind to me.
But I said goodbye to that life. Three weeks ago I started a brand new full time job (gasp!) as a Creative Director on JetBlue at Mullen Lowe. That's right, no more freelance for this lady. It's a huge, crazy change but I'm excited for the challenge. And the health insurance.
But only having one ID badge? Now that's weird.
I've written before about losing my sister Michelle to suicide. The truth is, I could write about it forever. That kind of loss changes you. And I don't want any other families to have to go through the kind of pain that mine did. On November 1st I'll be going home to Atlanta to join countless family members and friends in The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of The Darkness Walk. I'm walking to raise awareness of an issue that is near and dear to my heart. I"m also walking to remember and honor my sister who was one of the most amazing people I've ever known. I think of her multiple times every day and I miss her all the time. Please consider supporting me as I participate in this event. It's an important and urgent issue that needs our attention.
Here's a link to my fundraising page. And if you can't donate good thoughts and hugs are also appreciated.