Straight out of school I studied Product Design at Unitec. I enjoyed it, but as an 18 year old I enjoyed parties more. I felt the need for adventure before getting to comfortable in a 4 year degree. 6 months later I decided to work on superyachts and see the world. So I got all the qualifications to do so. Little … Read More
Straight out of school I studied Product Design at Unitec. I enjoyed it, but as an 18 year old I enjoyed parties more. I felt the need for adventure before getting to comfortable in a 4 year degree. 6 months later I decided to work on superyachts and see the world. So I got all the qualifications to do so. Little did i know the economy would turn to custard and super yacht crews were no longer needed..
I loved the water and my urge for adventure was increasing. With no jobs around I did the only rational thing I could think of.. I enrolled in the NZ navy. I joined as an Electronic Technician and at this point in my life something as simple as operating my own Facebook was too advanced. I was clearly in the wrong trade. After one year of marching and unnecessary star jumps i decided to resign and move to Australia.
I saved up a whopping $150 and moved to the gold coast. After 5 days of sleeping on a couch and eating mee goreng noodles I was told to move to Melbourne where I would live in a mansion and work in an insulation factory. The work was mind numbing but the living situation was more than luxurious.
My next adventure was quite a contrast. From wearing robs and drinking tea to living in a van and showering with KFC wipes.. I traveled a good 5 months in the van before selling it to go to Bali. Towards the end of my stint in Bali I ran out of cash and lost my wallet. I resorted to selling my clothes on the beach to pay for my accommodation and get home.
Once home I thought I’d try my hand at bartending. 6 months later I was managing the place. Not at all because I was the most qualified but because everyone else had quit.. At this point, maybe because of my sales experience in Bali, I was offered a job in sales for a paintball company that would send me around the world. My need for adventure was still very present so I was all for it. I was sent to Melbourne 2 weeks later.
One year of 'commission only' was getting harder and harder. by this time i was living in Sydney. I was approached by a gentleman who enjoyed the drawings on my arm.. And this resulted in me Illustrating his book. This encounter influenced me to get back into illustration and design in a big way.
I then started a new job as a sales constant for an insurance company. The money was great but I knew design was where I needed to be. I was ready to knuckle down and work towards a career i was passionate about. I worked for one more year and saved some money before coming back and enrolling at YOOBEE school of design in Auckland.
I worked hard finishing with distinction as well as winning the Behance appreciation coin. My style is now very clean, urban, young and fresh. It’s laid back with quite an illustrative approach. Read Less