How One Woman Turned her Hobby into a Career
By Karen Rani, 6:11 am, Sat 4 Feb 2006
I recently interviewed Peachy Marasigan of My Left Hand, an advertising design company that came about from Peachy's love for all things creative. I was intrigued by Peachy's story, from reading her personal blog, Unicorn Child. I wanted to know how she turned her love for graphics into a successful venture.
I understand your current career in graphic design started off as a hobby. Can you explain how that happened?
I have been drawing and painting since I was a child. My father loves to paint and my grandpa is an architect. I spent almost half my life exposed to art. I joined art contests almost my entire primary and secondary schooling years. It was because of this interest that I ended up taking a bachelor of arts degree in communication and advertising arts when I was in college. To make a long story short, art and design have always been my passion, and even though I've dabbled in several different jobs related to marketing and advertising, my first love has always been in the creative arts. So after 2 years of work as a product manager is a manufacturing firm, I resigned and put up my own graphic design business in 2001 called My Left Hand Creative Solutions.
Once your hobby started making you money, did it feel more like work?
Sometimes it still does, especially when you know whatever it is you're doing is because you need the money at the moment. Sometimes I wish i could just turn down a project simply because I don't like the objectives behind it or I think the client will not value the work that we do. But at the end of the day, I know we still need to pay the bills, I still need to pay my staff and I need to make a profit.
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006
The wonderful Karen Rani of Troll Baby recently did an interview on me which she featured in her column on BlogHer.Org. It was a piece on how I was able to turn my graphic design hobby into a full-blown business that practically provides the major needs of our family. It was a great publicity effort and I really appreciated her asking me to participate. Below are clips of the interview. Enjoy!: