A Life Changing Decision
I’m no stranger to making ballsy decisions. I’ve made a few in my time but I definitely thought those days were firmly behind me.
Until today, that is.
Allow me to set the scene. At present, I work full time in the Northern Ireland Civil Service and provide a freelance 3D Visualisation service on the side. I’ve been juggling this arrangement for approx. 2 years. It all started when I enrolled with the National Design Academy to study their Interior Design Diploma (so really, my life changing decision is all their fault).
I hadn’t really thought about what I was going to do after I attained the Diploma. At that stage, I had a great interest in and passion for all things Interior Design and was very eager to learn more about the subject. During my study of the Diploma I had my first ‘a ha!’ moment when I stumbled upon 3D modelling and photo-real rendering and before I knew it, my interest in this subject was all consuming.
After I attained the Diploma I immediately signed up for the Interior Design degree. Again, I had no firm thoughts as to what I was going to do after attaining the degree. I had become so used to studying in my spare time that the thought of NOT studying felt…weird.
Plus, I was incredibly unsatisfied in my office job and my part-time study was a great way to release my frustrations but most importantly, to rediscover my creativity and learn new skills.
Through my studies, the realisation that I had an aptitude for 3D Visualisation was an EPIC discovery! As a result, I found myself holding down a full time job, studying a degree AND paving some sort of freelancing career in the 3D Visualisation field.
As you can imagine, my love life was in tatters. But I didn’t care. I had found something that intrigued me so much that I wanted to learn more.
Everything changed when I had my defining moment where my 3D Visualisation work was concerned.
I felt that I had finally produced a photo-real 3D visual that was visually captivating and something to be proud of.
The industry had the same opinion. To this day, the above 3D visual is used by Maxwell Render as a cover image on many of their social media channels.
Validation from the industry can’t be ignored. I started to feel that maybe I could actually do this INSTEAD of my office job. This was an exciting and unbelievably SCARY realisation. My office job was secure and stable. I knew it inside out and whilst I was grateful for the stability it offered, I had become complacent and highly demotivated.
I decided to withdraw from the degree and focus on refining my 3D Visualisation skills and technique. My professional commissions started to become more frequent; I could SEE the gradual improvement in the quality of my work and the industry continued to validate me: SketchUp started to take notice, Maxwell Render afforded me the title ‘Xpert‘ AND my work was being published. PUBLISHED!
And then something unprecedented in the history of the Northern Ireland Civil Service happened.
Voluntary Redundancies had been announced.
Today is my Birthday. Today I handed in my 3 months notice. Today I confirmed my intention to leave my office job of 17 years (17 YEARS!!) so that I can fulfill my desire to do a job that I actually enjoy. A job that gives me a great sense of satisfaction and feeds my creativity.
If all goes to plan, from 30 November 2015, Anita Brown 3D Visualisation will transition to a FULL TIME business! There will be a rebranding and relaunch of my website. You’ll witness HUGE changes around here but don’t fret, my (sometimes kooky and possibly inappropriate) ramblings will continue via my blog!
This life changing decision isn’t about 3D Visualisation, it’s about seizing opportunities. It’s about improving the quality of your life and having the bravery to try and fulfill your potential.
It’s about feeling the fear and doing it anyway.
And I can only hope that you join me on this roller coaster ride!