When I was in high school we were encouraged to only choose subjects we had an interest in. I hated maths and science so I chose a lot of creative subjects and I had a natural talent in art. My creative talent was encouraged by my teachers and my family and I wanted to be a graphic designer when I left high school. After high school, my mum worked for a large printing company at that time and she got me an apprenticeship in Print Design. My mentor and boss was from Germany and he took me under his wing. On my first day, he gave me a stack of books and told me to start reading, everything from the printing process, colour separation to the science of dot gain. Five years later, office politics led to me leaving. I went to a few Print Design interviews after, but I never got the jobs. I gained an interest in law and decided to look for work in the legal industry. I went into this industry not knowing anything, I thought I could finish a law degree while working as a legal secretary, but it proved to be very difficult. Mind you, I'm not naturally an academic person, so I found it extremely hard. I had met up with my ex-boss/mentor and I remember him saying to me that he didn't think I belong in the legal industry. He said "you're a creative person". Years went by, I found myself in a place where I just didn't belong. I wanted to get out, but no one was willing to give me a chance. It's common knowledge that in Australia, if you want to get your foot in the design industry, you have to be willing to work for free. But I can't do that at 33. After the last design position I applied for, I was rejected (by the very firm I work for) made me re-asses everything. Suddenly it dawned on me that my high school dreams wouldn't actually turn out the way I had hoped it would. It didn't know what to do but I knew I didn't just want to be that girl who fell in love, got married and had kids, just to then find a job to support a family. I later realised I was chasing the wrong dream, that the graphic design industry had changed so much than from when I was in high school. The pay is less, there's more and more people doing it and it's more competitive. I've always been told to do photography by my family, but the competition always put me off from pursuing it. After my last rejection, I thought I'm going to turn a blind eye to what everyone else is doing and just do my own thing. I have a keen eye for beautiful things and I'm confident that my creativity reflects in my images. I'm now certain that I'm on the right path.