We are so proud to be profiled in Voyage Chicago! An excerpt from the article is below. Follow the link to read the full article.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Fowler.
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Andrea. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in small-town Kansas but had dreams of moving to a big city… doing what I didn’t know, but I knew I wasn’t meant to stay in my hometown. So in 2006, two days after graduating from college, I packed up my car and moved to Chicago. No experience, no contacts, and no plan.
But I was young and having fun. This is what your 20s are for, right? The first five years here were spent serving and bartending and freelancing whenever I could. I would take any design job I could get my hands on. Slowly but surely built my portfolio, with brochures and invitations, bar fliers and posters.
Finally, it paid off. A friend recommended me for an unpaid internship at a small local publishing company.
Working for the magazine changed my career trajectory. After my 3-month internship ended, I was hired full time as a graphic designer and communications manager. Luckily, it was a small company, and I was able to expand my skillset and explore social media and web design.
At the same time, a few of my very close friends were beginning to start their own companies and asked if they could hire me for contract design work. Never being one to shy away from a side hustle, I said yes.