From the IFD Mailbag …
Paid Assignments From Bootcamp Networking

Hello, everyone!

We have a special IFD Mailbag for you today – a letter from a graphic designer who attended our Bootcamp that we want to share with you.

– Kristin

Dear Kristin and all,

My expectations for the fall Bootcamp were that I'd learn loads, get psyched up, be exhausted by the end, and meet plenty of eager attendees and generous seminar leaders and Bootcamp coordinators. I was not disappointed in any of those expectations.

My brain is overflowing, I'm still trying to get back on my normal schedule of sleep at home, and I'm still psyched. I met dozens of eager people who were there for the networking and terrific presentations, just like me.

What I did not expect, even though I've read these stories myself, was to walk away with a paid assignment from this Bootcamp.

Not that I didn't expect to network and find those opportunities and take eight or so of the specs home with me to work on (one from a dream client of mine). I just kept the thought that I shouldn't “over-expect” from a weekend so full.

But I did walk away with a paid assignment. Because I talked to the copywriters I'd met, who talked to others I hadn't met, who needed graphic designers to lay out logos … you get the picture.

Networking happens at Bootcamp, whether you consciously do it or not (unless you talk to absolutely no one while you're there). Let it take you where it will, because you'll be thrilled when it does. And when you get home and the phone rings the next day with another paid assignment, you can grin, make the deal, then hang up and scream and jump for joy.

Go ahead. Expect it all. It happens.
– Susie Henderson, Henderson Mountain Ink, LLC, Graphic Designer & Copywriter

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Published: October 20, 2005

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