well, it’s not so much a new idea — more a recycled idea that’s getting some more play at the moment.
I ran errands with the maternal parent yesterday … which is usually quite enjoyable, and this time was no exception. I do however, on occasion, worry if it’s going to be an opportunity for her to question what I’m doing with my life. she’s my mom, it’s de riguer and expected.
whilst my current continued joblessness did come up, she reminded me of an idea that I’ve had a couple times in the past — even before my last 2.5-year gig. I’m not terrible at basic-level graphic design (as it relates to the ‘Net, specifically) and would also like to get better at Photoshop to supplement my photography interests. I had started taking a Photoshop class at a local community college that, while terribly inexpensive, was also terribly terrible. I quit after only 3 classes. but I’m still interested in getting better at all that junk, and it couldn’t hurt my job prospects in the slightest.
over the last 12 hours, I’ve looked up a few actual “programs” — i.e. Associate or Bachelor degrees — in graphic design, and they are wicked expensive. if I’m not getting an MFA out of it, I’m not paying $30,000 for an Associate’s degree from a school in an office building in North Hollywood. THAT IS INSANE.
so instead, I think I’m going with online classes through Lynda.com — a website (based in Ventura County, in fact) that houses literally thousands of online video tutorials about all manner of software. the mamacita has said she’ll even pay for some (all?) of it.
the idea here is to add to my skill set. I find that it seems more “real” to people when someone says “I’m an expert at Adobe CS5 and could build you a fantastic website” or even “I can edit those photos for you.” there’s something about saying “I can write you content” that doesn’t really jive with folks. I don’t know why, because I think it’s actually a way harder skill to master. (I’m not saying I’m a master, but you know what I mean.)
anyhoo, wish me luck. I hope this pans out in a positive way …