Olivia M Design

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My Story

Hey there! So glad you stumbled upon my site!

I've thought about starting a blog so many times and now I'm just going to do it. Here we go...

I've been creative for as long as I can remember. I made elaborate Play-Doh sculptures and scrapbooks and doodled my way through school. When I graduated high school and wasn't sure what to do with my life, I dabbled in interior design for a semester (which I still love), before stumbling upon The Creative Circus. And when I say stumbled, I mean I desperately went to a friend who was a designer for a church and a record label and asked him to tell me what to do with my life (thanks Leighton!!)

Like most people, you're probably confused and have never heard of The Creative Circus. It's one of the top portfolio schools, which still might mean nothing to you. Basically they teach you how to be a Designer, Art Director, Copy Writer, Web Designer/Developer, or Photographer, all with the goal of having a killer portfolio, or website, at the end. (If you're interested in any of that, I highly recommend the school, you can check it out here).

The things I learned there are irreplaceable. I not only learned how to be a designer, but how to work with clients, deal with pressure and critique, think way outside the box, and concept concept concept. It was the hardest and best thing I ever did.

Right after I graduated, I got a job at an ad agency in Atlanta working as a contractor. Since then I've done countless freelance jobs, a few contract jobs, a year and a half working in house, and I now work full time at a different ad agency in Atlanta. It's been a blast and I love all the different projects and businesses I've gotten to work with.

My favorite thing about designing is getting to talk to people about their vision for a start up/product/website/whatever it is. Getting to craft that into something real that they love is so much fun, and I love getting to see my work out in the real world. I've gotten to work with some great companies, you can check out some of that work in my portfolio!

Anyway, that's how I got into design! I'd love to help you get on the right path, so send me any questions you have about graphic design, portfolio school, freelancing, working in house or full time, etc. Write your questions in the comments and I'll do a Q&A blog soon!