“Not everybody will get it. People will misinterpret you and what you do. They might even call you names. So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored -- the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care.”
I’ve always loved T-shirts. Not just buying and wearing them, but gifting them to other people. I also really enjoy thinking of T-shirt ideas in my head; funny quips, word puzzles, quotes, cool patterns, etc. I converted a few of my ideas to T-shirts for myself and gifted several to friends. These were cheaper T-shirts found in fabric stores with basic iron on decals or DIY design and print-iron transfer paper. It took forever to create designs, and it didn’t work that well. I often found that when I was finished, I had dedicated hours to a less than mediocre product. Labor of love?
I kept pushing back this T-shirt idea b/c I had a college degree in communications and media. I figured I should pursue a job that would help to build my career. I struggled with the constant nagging thoughts saying I should look for some job in corporate America, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I most likely would be job seeking again after 3 years of office-life doldrums.
When I realized I was wasting my days looking for jobs I would never feel passionate about, I decided to start learning more about e-commerce, design, fabric and printing in my "spare time." I am pursing something I’ve never stopped thinking about, but never seriously considered as a profession. I’m having a blast. I’ve made exactly no dollars. But, I’m learning a ton and figuring out this whole thang as best I can. Incredible how much you can learn in two weeks and realize that you basically know less than when you started. Back to work!