My cousin is a graphics designer but he was always too busy to design anything, most times he’d postpone and postpone until no one remembers or talks about the design again. Me on the other hand, I was the definition of a quack graphics designer, I don’t think I’m qualified to be even associated with graphics designers but the frustration and disappointments my cousin always caused me pushed me to trying my designs myself. All I do is join some images together and add some texts to it using Microsoft word and power point (lol) and Voila! Design is ready!
I can still remember, whenever I do such designs or let me say concoction, I would post it on social media. I think I was trying to spite my cousin or something but I would always tag him on every post and on all social media platform. It usually vexed him and most times he’d say to me “Design is not your thing, stop insulting it!” but that would even make me tag him the more. What annoys him even more is when people comment and like my posts saying things like “Nice one, Keep it up” and so on. My cousin would shake his head and say “See people that know nothing about graphics!”
One day I posted one of my designs (in quotes) on social media; you don’t have to guess, I tagged him as usual and on that post, someone commented “wow.. I like this. How much will you charge if you’re to design a logo for me?”
Beyond every other person, I was shocked. My cousin could not believe it: “The guy must be an amateur” was one of his comment when he saw it. Irrespective of his thoughts and my feelings, the fact still remained that A Graphics design job was in play. At the end of the day, my cousin didn’t need much convincing before he did the design and we were paid in full!
That day, my cousin learnt something and I would like to share with you: “Most times in life, it is not always about who is capable but who is available!” Irrespective of how much you know, how skilled and knowledgeable you are, you will continue to miss out of some opportunities if you are not available.