April 30, 2009
My inner RENThead (a person who is obsessed with the musical RENT) has been coming out lately. Just this past weekend I saw the Broadway Tour come through Rochester. I waited an hour for rush tickets, and sat in the most amazing seats (in the pit!). I will probably never have the chance to sit in those seats ever again. The show, was amazing, even better than when I saw it on Broadway.
Enough of that however, I chose the title “No day but Today” for more than one reason. Specifically pertaining to the fact that I will be graduating in 3 weeks from RIT with my BFA in Graphic Design. It’s exciting, yes, but also extremely stressful. I know I’m ready for the real world (paying back student loans), but at the same time I still am unsure of where I’ll be in 2 months. As of right now I’m looking in New York City. It’s a bit closer too my family, and I would be living closer or in the city. It’s also a better job market for entry-level Graphic Designers. I’m determined however, I’ve got the ball rolling and basically no one will be able to stop me now! But it’s still all very stressful in this tough economy, a tough job market.
Yet when I saw RENT this past weekend, it’s deep underlying messages remind me of what I need to do, live in the moment. Most people often always live in the future, because of this, they are never completely satisfied. I’ve always lived by the ‘Today” moment. (I.E. I won’t be planning my summer vacation right now!) I like to go with the flow, take on what comes at me at the time. Thankfully some of my friends are the same way and it’s amazing how differently you live your life.
Our society is focused on satisfaction for our future. Our culture is set-up to bring great things, later. Yet when later comes, there’s always something else that can be better. It’s a never-ending cycle. This is the main reason I chose Graphic Design as my career. I deeply am passionate about design, I know I can thoroughly enjoy it now. While you can make a decent living off design, It’s not the job that will make you rich quick (Of course, If your great at it, you’ll get better rewarded). But that’s not what I really always wanted.
I just want to enjoy life. I know, its really not much. I’m happy with a small apartment, faded non-designer clothes, and a car that decides when it wants to run. I can enjoy the people around me, and just live as moments come by. Am I the underdog for believing this? People ask me why become a designer? They know I have other great skills in other careers that could make me a ton of money. But then I wouldn’t be living in the moment. I would be miserable for 8-10 hours every weekday I have to go to work, that is the bulk of my life. The only satisfaction I would get is money that I could enjoy about 2 days of the week. I see so many people stuck in this cycle and I often think, I really don’t want to be miserable for the bulk of my life.
So, Design it is! I’m ready and excited, and honestly, a bit stressed at this point. It’s a mix of emotions. But I definitely am ready, excited, and energized to take on life, … right now … not later… in this moment … ¡Vámonos!
September 28, 2008
Every time I go to the Rochester Public Market I make sure to stop by Juan and Maria’s Empanada Stop. I absolutely love this place and Juan and Maria are just absolutely wonderful people. I’m also addicted to there food! It’s nice to chat with Juan, he’s a great man who truly cares more about his friends, family, and his food over the money. While they do have great food, I mostly enjoy just sitting and chatting with everyone there. I love it there so much that even last year I based one of my projects on the empanada stop. When I was putting together this project Juan was so excited that I devoted my time to learning about and hearing his story of the empanada stop.
This article featured in the Democrat and Chronicle describes how Juan recently sent a shipment of Empanadas to the troops in Iraq. If you think about it, sending prepared Empanadas oversees is quite the task but Juan has once again pulled it off. He has done this before last year.
If your ever at the Rochester Public Market or in East Rochester, please stop by Juan and Maria’s Empanada Stop. You won’t regret it!
September 14, 2008
While I do love Rochester and the surrounding area. The bus system still remains to be a major problem. This NY Times article explains how the RTS bus system in Rochester is seeing a surplus despite the weak economy and they recently lowered bus fares from $1.25 to $1.00. However, what I found even more interesting in this article is how they reveal that to reach this feat they had to downsize there service lines. Therefore, If I were to go from my city apartment to RIT in Henrietta. The normal 10-15 minute drive (and 25 minute bike ride) takes 2 hours on a bus! I feel it is really a system that needs to be analyzed again. I’m glad they lowered bus fares, but is it worth it for less bus service?
September 4, 2008
I recently came across this article in New York Magazine and I found it to be quite interesting. At a time in my life where most of my colleagues are planning there move from Rochester to the big city for the big job, there is others who have discovered that the “dream life” can sometimes not be found in the big apple.
Although I was born in New York City, my parents quickly moved us out because of the dangerous environment we lived in (Spanish Harlem). We then moved to the small town of Chester, NY. It is a place where everyone knows each other by name. With that comes recognition. I was well known in that area for being the “designer” of my town. I contributed so much time to help my high school, my church, the library, and the town itself. I was often recognized for my work. I know that my career is in New York. But I knew I would miss the recognition I received.
However, it got to a point where I decided felt to claustrophobic by my little town. Sometimes that small town feel can cause a lot of drama. (Especially when I’m an obvious liberal and the rest of the town is VERY conservative).
I’m not gonna lie. I had no idea what Rochester, NY or Western New York was for most of my lifetime. But I decided to venture into this area when looking for a great design school. Sure it would have been easier for me to go to NYC as I live closer to it, but I was stuck between disliking the tiny town and scared of the chaotic city. Western New York is that sweet spot in between I discovered.I feel in love with this area when I began school here in Rochester.
I’ve grown atached to Rochester. But now, in a few months I’ll be on my own. I’ll need to find a job. After working the summer internship I really want to stay in a nice mid-size market that Rochester has. What I got from this article was that, maybe I should stick with my intuition, maybe I should not falter and go to where the jobs are. I feel more confortable here.
After all, shouldn’t I be enjoying my career. Not stressed out about it like I would be in New York?
Read the article, tell me what you think.