“I’ve never felt more proud of myself.”
My life at DIGO began in the class Mark taught for the School of Visual Arts. After a while, I really started to hit it off with Mark and was able to work my way into an internship, which eventually turned into a full time position. Before I knew it, I was working on my first big project, a campaign for New York Health and Racquet club promoting their 40th anniversary celebration. For the first time in my life, my work was for something other than a grade. There was an actual, living, breathing, and most importantly, paying client anxiously awaiting the completion of my work. It was nothing short of mind-blowing. However, this was only the beginning.
After the campaign launched, I was walking down the street, on my way to work or school, I forget. What I won’t forget is catching a glimpse of one of the ads I had made for the first time. It was lying in the street, soaked with water, covered in footprints and badly warped. It was absolutely perfect. Here it was, something I made, something that was bought and paid for, out here in the real world. It existed somewhere other than on my monitor or in my imagination. I picked it up out of the street and brought it home. I stuck it on my wall. Somehow all the damage just made it seem more real. It was a symbol of it’s direct contact with reality. I’ve never felt more proud of myself than in that moment.