35: How to Be a Proactive Creative w/ Graphic Designer & DIY YouTuber Karen Kavett

The only way to get noticed is to make things and put them out there. Today’s guest, Karen Kavett, is a crafter and freelance graphic designer. Since high school, Karen has been putting her work out into the world, earning opportunities with HGTV and YouTube. This episode is for those with a passion for creating.

In this episode we explore:

  • 1:00 – Karen’s early start in graphic design
  • 3:12 – Earning her first full-time job at YouTube
  • 5:55 – Transitioning to a freelance career + Finding jobs as a freelancer
  • 12:19 – How to get hired as an artist
  • 14:00 – Biggest lesson from Karen’s career – Just keep making things.
  • 15:16 – Daily life as a graphic designer and crafter
  • 16:50 – Future directions: Focusing on personal projects
  • 18:50 – The story of the Don’t Break the Chain Calendar

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Quotes:

  • No one can hire you if they don’t know who you are.
  • Just keep making things.

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