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Career Connections: Graphic Designer

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I'm Kevin Morgan. I'm a graphic artist in Athens, Ohio. I have been doing this upwards of 33 years now. I started doing this when I was 14 and working for a graphic company in Athens. I was able to spin it into a career that has been good to me. I still get excited about creating something from nothing. I get really excited when a client has no idea what's coming and I've shown them something that they get excited about. And that's a great sense of achievement. I get questions a lot from many young artists about how I made it and how can they make it. I used to wonder the same thing. After all my years of doing this, I have come to realize that you have to do it. You have to do it. That's all there is to it. It's likened to music and playing guitar. If you don't practice, it won't magically happen. This is an exercise in doing what you do. If you're into drawing, then you have to draw. If you're into computer programs that do graphics, then you have to become the best. If you master an art program, which you can do with a laptop, then you can be really viable in the business world. People need you because there are very few people that are masters of a single program in something, graphic oriented. Your opportunities are almost endless now, especially when you see the wide array of places that art can be and go. Painters don't hang their stuff in a gallery and that's it. It could be much more. They appear on magazine covers. We're very image oriented. It's a wide array of things you can do. So whatever you love to do, there's many places out there for your art to go. Really have to believe in yourself. And not that I think I've reached any plateau where I'm done learning, 'cause I'm not. I'm not the greatest drawer that I would like to be. I always try to excel and do better the next time. I'm still always learning. It's constant. If you don't have a job to do, you could be practicing or developing your style. That's really it is the exercise in loving it and doing it.

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Meet an industrial designer who designs tools that can be used for building and repairing musical instruments. He offers advice on how to choose a career and the skills needed in the graphic design industry. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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