AMA: Sarah Parmenter

almost 7 years ago from Sarah Parmenter, Founder, You Know Who

  • Kevin RabinovichKevin Rabinovich, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    Hello Sarah,

    Thank you for taking time to do this, and for introducing me (and many others) to so many creative and interesting people through Happy Monday back when it was still running.

    • Will Happy Monday ever be returning?
    • How did you start out in this industry?
    • What advice do you have for students?
    6 points
    • Artiom DashinskyArtiom Dashinsky, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

      +10 for Happy Monday question (can't believe already a year passed since the last episode!!

      1 point
    • Sarah ParmenterSarah Parmenter, almost 7 years ago

      Thanks for your questions, Kevin. So glad you enjoyed Happy Monday–watch this space on that one.

      I started out in the industry by forming my own studio in 2003 when I was 19. I taught myself how to code when I was 14 (basic HTML/CSS) and then I started working with local businesses and clients I found on ebay, to build up my clientele. It was a horrible time actually, I was doing logo designs for £50 with unlimited revisions; so I'm sure you can guess the types of clients i was attracting. I made a lot of mistakes, a lot - mainly to do with getting deposits and trusting far too much. I'm still here, still kicking, and still loving this industry just as much as I did when I started.

      Advice for students - whatever you choose to do, share your knowledge, don't be afraid to put yourself out there for making mistakes either, blog, ask questions to the right people, don't be afraid to look stupid and most of all, consistency counts for so much; whatever you choose to do, be consistent and choose your path, give back to the community when you can. Oh and don't steal or copy other people's work, the internet is big but trust me, it's not that big.

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