#MarchMeetTheMaker Day 7: ROUTINE
[I'll level with you: I have no image for today. So have this freshly-picked meme instead!]
My daily routine is never the same two days running. I work a full-time job Monday to Friday from 9 to 5 (what a way to make a living), and Geofilters IOM has to fit in around that. Sometimes I can spend hours working on projects, and sometimes I just about have 5 minutes to fire off a few quick messages.
Most recently my 'routine' (or lack thereof) has been completely filled with the new product launch (get ready for a shamless PLUG!). THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION is a collection of Snapchat filters that went live on the Facebook page last Sunday. (Facebook link the bio - check it out!)
I suppose the only thing that really has a routine is the life cycle of a filter. It starts with a quote to find out the estimated Snapchat fees, and once I get the go ahead it's on to the design work. We'll back and forth for a while until everything's settled and then it's back to Snapchat to re-quote those fees and make sure they haven't changed too much. Another pause for approval and then we're on to payment and uploading. All that's left after that is to sit back and let the filter fly (unless I've been asked for a stats report which isn't nearly as bad as it sounds).
Here is where the magic happens! This
is what my desk looks like when everything is tidy and in its proper place
(check out the second picture for how it normally looks when I’m actually
working – there’s a slight difference!) .
I would love to have a separate office
for my computer, but our house just isn’t big enough! So my office is at my
desk and my desk is in the lounge and I pretty much spend my life in my
computer chair (or my bed). .
There is the usual overflow of
notebooks which I’m pretty sure can be found at almost any creative workspace,
and the colourful drawers which go from ‘meticulously sorted’ to ‘downright
mess’ as you descend. I clean these out about once every few weks, and within
48 hours they’re right back to where I started. #HoarderProblems .
And then of course my mismatched monitors.
I’ve worked on 2 screens for over 5 years and I just can’t function with one
anymore! (I can’t believe I used to do design work on a laptop! One screen and
no mouse? No thank you!) .
Considering my business is all about
photographs, I don’t really take that many (I should probably work on that). .
A lot of the photographs related to my
business comes after the fact, when the filter has been completed and the
design uploaded. Even then I rarely get pictures during the event – they
normally come afterwards, when everyone’s recovered and they start sharing
their memories online. .
Still I have taken some pictures at
events that I’ve been rather proud of. This one is my favourite – it was the
end of the Sefton wedding fair and I was truly exhausted from meeting and
talking to so many people, that I’d just kind of collapsed in to the chair to
rest my feet for five minutes before I started packing up, and everything was
just kind of… there. The flowers, the doorway and the cards. .
I don’t post too many pictures, but
this one made me especially proud. .
Hmmm this is a hard one… it’s usually
the last filter I made! I’m always experimenting with new colours, shapes and
combinations and every filter normally has something NEW in it – be it a new
element or a new colour combination or a new font. .
If I had to choose one specifically though, I would say that my favourite filter is the Legally Blonde The Musical filter that I did for the Manx Operatic Society last year. Not only was it my favourite musical to be a part of, but it was my first Snapchat Filter and – as cheesy as it is to say – I wouldn’t be here without it. .
So roughly this time last year I sat in
my car on my lunch break and recorded the most cringe-worthy video ever known
to man or woman-kind. That video went on to earn me the title of "Miss Isle of
Man 2017 Community Challenge Finalist". .
Wordy? Yes. Worth it? Also yes. .
We were challenged to raise as much
money as possible for 1 of 12 local charities by any means necessary (bar
working the street corners or selling organs on the black market – darn!). Our
minimum fundraising target was £250 each. I raised over £6,000 for St John
Ambulance Isle of Man, and overall the 12 finalists raised over £100,000 in
less than 4 months. .
As part of the fundraising I wanted to
do something to set myself apart from the other contestants and I used my
graphic design skills to create all of my own promotional artwork and started
to market Snapchat Geofilters! .
After that finished I took a break,
taking a step back from everything to cross the globe for two weeks, and by the
time I came back I was ready to set up GeofiltersIOM. It’s been a challenge,
and I’m not going to say it’s been easy, but it’s certainly been a great
learning experience and I’ve been able to work with some truly incredible