DTG would like to introduce you to JudyAnn Dutcher, Dutcher Design, Santa Barbara, CA based design studios.
My first career was as a Marriage and Family Therapist. In all my counseling jobs, I ended up volunteering to do the graphics work for flyers or brochures. As a counselor, there was never an actual finished product, so I liked the feeling of having created something tangible, something I could point to and say, "Look at this."
After the birth of my second child, my husband encouraged me to change careers. I went back to school for two years and earned both Webmaster and Graphic Designer certificates from UC Santa Barbara. While I was still in school, I started my business and quickly became busy. I loved what I did.
Lessons learned: Listening skills honed during my first career now help immensely in the graphic design business. I can really hear and understand what my clients want, and then I use my graphic design skills to deliver what they need; while not trying to get my ego involved in any project.
It's a win-win situation, and I know I'm using my skills for a good cause.
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