Well, I officially attended my first football game with Ray, my client, who was the topic of my last post. Like I said, him and his buddies picked me up in a limo. If you’re in the limo in the Clearwater or Tampa area, give these guys a look, they were really good: Clearwater Limo. Ray and about ten of his friends were piled in the limo, and handed me a Jameis Winston jersey to wear for the day. They were all pretty excited that I hadn’t been to a pro football game as of yet, and couldn’t wait to take me through the whole experience of tailgating, pre-gaming, and watching the game from their awesome seats!
Here was our view from inside the stadium before the game, and we had even better seats down on the first level. Ray wanted to take me on a tour of the stadium to see the best spots inside. We spent quite a lot of time tailgating before the game, getting to the stadium parking lot at about 9 am for the 1pm start time. Ray and his buddies like to drink a lot, and even though I typically don’t drink much, I was more than happy to indulge in a few alcoholic beverages to enjoy the day and the company. Ray gave me the rundown of what to expect during the game as far as the game went. The Cowboys were without their Quarterback, Tony Romo, and have been having a very down season by their standards. Romo being out of commission due to a broken collarbone is mostly to blame for that, as I learned that a Quarterback is the most important position on the field for any pro football team. Romo apparently is one of the top ten best Quarterbacks in the league, and his team has missed him greatly. The other thing that Ray said that was very true was that there would be a lot of Cowboys fans at the game. The Cowboys have been known as ‘America’s Team’ for a very long time, and their fans travel very well to opposing stadiums. There were many jerseys with ‘Romo’ and ‘Bryant’ on the back of them, standing for Dez Bryant, their star wide receiver. Cowboys fans were very nice, and we were tailgating with a couple of them during our time in the parking lot.
The game itself was very low scoring, and the defenses capitalized on some mistakes from each quarterback, Winston for the Bucs, and Matt Cassel for the Cowboys.… Read MoreRead More
One of my clients is taking me to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow. You might laugh at this, but this will be my very first professional football game that I will ever have attended! I have to repeat that. I’ve never been to professional football game in my entire life.
I met Ray, my client who I’ve developed a good friendship with, at a local coffee shop the other day. After we discussed some graphics work that he was looking for, he told me that he had an extra ticket to the Bucs vs. Cowboys game this weekend, and asked if I would like to join him and his buddies who go to every Bucs game. When I told him that I hadn’t been to a game yet, he was almost ashamed of me, and since it was my first game, he said that they would be the perfect people to go with.
Ray and his buddies tailgate every single game, but they have a limo take them to the games, so they don’t have to drive and can get good and liquored up prior to, and during the game. There’s about 15 of them that come down from Clearwater in a limo, and they would pick me up on the way.
Truth be told, I’m not the biggest sports fan. I’m more of a gamer, internet, graphics nerd kind of guy, but I’m excited to go watch some really really big men kick the snot out of each other for about 3 hours.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve been to a major sports game. In fact, I think the last game I went to was at Wrigley Field in Chicago with my Dad. That was almost four and a half years ago, and it’s a game I remember vividly, because I was underage, and my Dad was trying to get every bouncer to let me into the bars with him. Finally, we just found a restaurant/pub that would let us in, after he tried to get us into the Cubby Bear and Harry Carey’s unsuccessfully. That was a fun day, because I love Chicago, and my Dad is a lot of fun to be around. Dad is not really a big football fan either. He loved baseball and hockey, and didn’t like to watch football very much because he had a bad experience as a kid at a football game with his dad. He explained it to me a long time ago, but I forget exactly what he said.… Read MoreRead More
My clients often think that I only work for them. I’m sure you have come across them in your line of work, whether you are an employee reporting to someone else, or you work for yourself. They expect you to answer every time they call you, get back to you within 10 minutes when they ask you to do something, and everything, I mean EVERYTHING is urgent. If you’ve ever had a job, you know this type of person. I like to label these people as the ‘Need it Now’ peeps. Whatever you do for a living, you absolutely know these people. They send you emails at 2 in the morning saying they need something at 9 am, not realizing that time is 7 hours away. They call you at Ten saying they need something by 12. You know the drill.
I have one of these clients in my life right now, and it’s almost time for that little conversation with them saying ‘I have many clients, and you don’t pay me enough to get the kind of specialized service you want’, but phrased a bit nicer.
Sometimes, I don’t think I have the patience for these clients, but I don’t want to lose the paycheck. Well, at least not yet.… Read MoreRead More
It’s probably not a good one.
I bet you’ve heard it all before. We don’t fulfill orders fast enough. We don’t get back to you quick enough when you send an email. We don’t work with people very well.
Yup. Heard all that before.
Unfortunately, it’s not all true for all graphic designers.
I happen to think that I’m very good at my job, and I’m very good with customers.
But that’s just my own perception.
I know sometimes it’s not reality, but I need to make sure that I have enough work coming in the door to keep the lights on, buy the high potency computer that I have to create all of your special little graphics that you want.
That’s my reality. Living is not cheap. And I get my work done.
Since I’ve started in this business, I’ve had too many things happen to not force me to change a little bit.
Change is a good thing, and I’ve done a lot of it since I graduated college from the Art Institute a couple years ago.
As a fresh faced college kid starting his own business because I didn’t want to work for the man, I started off making only enough money to eat PB&J’s for basically all three meals every day.
I would starve myself so that I could live my dream of owning my business. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur, whether that meant that I did that part time, or full time.
I later found out that if you’re an entreprenuer, that’s your full time job, and you can’t really do anything else. If you’re trying to become an entrepreneur, you’re actually a ‘wantrepeneur’.
My buddy Joel gave me that name when I came out of college, so in a way this whole venture of running a graphic design business was my way of telling him to shove it.
I’ve never had any employees. It’s not my style. I really just want to work for myself and by myself so I don’t have to pay anyone.
I know that won’t turn into a massive business down the road, but that’s not what I’m looking for.
At my true heart, I’m a minimalist, and I don’t need much.
I simply need a bed to sleep in, a computer by my side, a few bucks in my pocket, and a TV to watch at night.
I don’t have a girlfriend. Don’t really want one at this time. I’m 23. I like to hang out, have fun with my few friends who are mostly gamers, and get online and game with them when I’m not working.… Read MoreRead More