Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Blog Me!

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!:


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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12 comments:

Petite Queen said...

Great write up!Ur simply fantabulastic!(new wrd created by me jes fer Chrixean...=P)

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Imagine petite queen to create a new word for you "fantabulistic".
You're going places baby! That's all I can say.

Viamarie said...

What a flattering gesture! A very good work always deserves to be featured. Congrats again!

Viamarie said...

What a flattering gesture! Nice of Karen Rani to do so. A very good work always deserves to be featured. Congrats again!

Karen Rani said...

I was happy to do it. I've always thought the women should celebrate each other - and Chrixean is so amazing, I had to share her talent with the blogging world! YAY!

eph2810 said...

Some really great points you made regarding wanting to run your own business. I think it is awesome! Thank you for sharing the interview.:)

Tasha said...

Thanks for sharing! Looks like you have been busy too. I am trying to catch up. THanks goodness my blogroll isn't too big. I have been so busy lately:) See ya soon:)

Karin said...

Congratulations on a great interview :) And thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

MommaK said...

Wow, that was a wonderful article on you. I really enjoyed finding out about the woman behind the blog - a very talented woman indeed:)

puremood said...

Congratulations to you!

I'll have to read this. Web design and graphics are a hobby for me and I'd LOVE to be able to do it as a job and stay home, too! :)

eph2810 said...

BTW - linked to this post tonight. I do a 'walk' around the blogsphere once a week from my blog and I hope you are okay with me linking to this post :)

Carol said...

I didn't know about your business, Chrixean. It sounds very rewarding and profitable too.
What a good article.