When you’re in school, it’s super hard to decide on your future career. There’s already hours of homework and study, now you’ll soon add decisions about college courses and jobs to your list. Here at KISS, we’re chatting to people in different industries about how they’ve landed their dream role, what they actually do, and their advice to you. This week, we’re chatting to Rebecca Fahy creative director, designer and photographer.
What is your current role?
I’m a multimedia designer and photographer.
Can you describe what your general day to day looks like?
So for my day to day I’m a freelance graphic designer. I was also working as an in-house designer and a freelance designer in NYC before COVID. When it came to photoshoots it is one main hobby that I put a lot of love into. It always started with an idea and a few mood boards. Once I had a direct vision of what I want. I would organize stylists, makeup artists, hairstylists that have worked with a similar style that I want to shoot with. Working out on location as well, usually, most of my shoots are indoors which is much easier with renting out studios as you can manipulate lighting.
With models, I usually go with an agency or if there’s a model on Instagram I contact their management. And then time management to organize a day that suits everyone’s needs. After shooting I’m the one editing and retouching the photos which usually takes a few weeks depending on the production. If its a more natural outside shoot it doesn’t take too long for me to edit. But if its a shoot with a greenscreen it takes me a good while to finish the final product. Right now, my day to day work is all laptop work due to COVID, so freelancing projects have all been zoom based, which isn’t too far away from my work out of quarantine. My photography work has been put on hold at the moment until its safe for me to do so.
How did you decide on this type of career?
I was always into art from such a young age, so I knew I would be doing a career in the arts. It wasn’t until I started experimenting with different mediums in college I figured out for myself that I wanted to work mainly on photography and digitals.
What course did you study in college?
So I studied Visual Communications in NCAD. I started my visual communication course doing illustration, it wasn’t until I started my final year I started experimenting with photography and film.
What are the ups and downs of the role?
The best part of my role is that with freelancing you are your own boss, you can set your own hours and work around your schedule, however, the downsides of being a freelancer are falling short of clients.
What advice would you give to a student looking to get into your line of work?
I would honestly say this job isn’t an easy 9-5 job. You really have to love it and work hard to do it because it can be frustrating getting into the creative industry. Connections are so important. Always connect with different creatives/businesses as much as you can. Stay motivated, some times working in the creative industry can be tiring, don’t be too hard on yourself.
You can see more of Rebecca’s work on Instagram @icanthearmyeyes
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