I'll never forget the first time I was asked to contract for someone professionally. Still a sophomore in high school and only a self-taught education in the world of Adobe, with no clue how to negotiate contracts or deliver on a design, I accepted an offer to help a local business digitize a client's tee-shirt pattern. This was my my first taste of the world of design.
A couple of years later, I picked up a job in a manufacturing plant and was given a chance to build the company's website which included demonstrations of product animations, catalogs, and training materials shown to hundreds of thousands of people in trade shows across the country. The following summer, I filed my first DBA and started a journey towards my career in graphic design.