I have indeed survived my one year in New York, doing better than ever. After “graduating” In May of 2012 I decided to move back to NY. I had become insufferable to my classmates talking about my experiences of my internship at SpotCo and my summer in NY. After eagerly counting down to moving long 9 months of waiting. Then I left most of my stuff, drove home and flew to NYC and stayed with friends I lived with the previous summer.
No one tells you that once you graduate freelance becomes your best friend. In that year I used my networking, twitter, and AIGA skills to gain freelance, not every month was successful many times I was just scraping by. In the beginning I had many leads but none solidified. It was more like a roller coaster of ups and downs. At times I could barely afford food, thankfully at the time I was living in East Williamsburg with friends I am grateful to have. While I assisted in building sets I got paid in dinners, it was great, much better than money.
Later on I was starting to get legitimate gigs starting small but building experience and finding out what I wanted in a work environment. I was at a range of firms small to large, in-house to advertising firms. Having this varied experience was valuable, I’m glad I didn’t settle on one job out of school, it was great to get a survey. At the same time I was networking and meeting amazing people that I’ve become friends with.
In August I found my first place by Craigslist and signed a lease with 4 strangers to rent a place in Prospect Heights. The experience was great, we luckily got along and shared a lot with each other. While three of us are staying in the city one is moving back to California. I’m moving to Queens.
Overall I’m in a vastly different place, I could not have predicted where I am and can never predict where I’m going to be. It felt like living in NYC my life drastically changed every few months and now that I’m gaining stability my sense of creativity has returned, now I’m looking for a way to harness it into a side project. This should be a lot easier now that I found a full time position at a good firm with great people, I don’t have to write a wretched cover letter for the near future.
Overall I grew this year more than anytime prior, being an adult and on your own is hard and I have been surprised at my own resourcefulness and I proved that I can do it. 2013 is looking to be a good year.