Purpose-driven by Design
November 4, 2022 by Skyler
If there is anything that I have learned in my lifetime, it is to never stop dreaming. Being rooted in a creative world means choosing between doing something you are passionate about and making money – and it seems that everyone will keep reminding you of that fact.
Originally, I had enrolled at Eastern Washington University as a Dental Hygiene student. I knew this path would make everyone else happy, even if I wasn’t. Within the first couple days it was clear it wasn’t a good match. After attending a friend’s show at the EWU Theatre, I knew that I was about to disappoint a lot of people. “What are you going to do with Graphic Design and Theatre?” was everyone’s particular question and one I had no answer to. I knew it was a leap of faith to follow my passion for acting and art, but I kept dreaming it would work out. Thankfully, it did!
I ended up working for the EWU Theatre, doing anything from office work, poster/program design, photography and more. This was the perfect environment to explore how my degrees would work with each other. The world had set my expectation that a college degree meant a guaranteed job post-graduation. Unfortunately, that is more like a 50/50. When I graduated, finding a job was difficult. The reality of not being able to find something within the first year set in and I settled for a Barista position at a local cafe.
Thankfully, Spokane Ensemble Theatre saw my hard work and took a chance on me. They gave me a title (Communications Manager) and the opportunity to continue to grow my talents at a job I was passionate about. I thought things couldn’t get any better, until I heard about an opening at Rogue Heart Media. An opportunity to continue in a field I loved and to get away from customer service, led me to applying. Thankfully, I landed the job as a Content Marketer and Designer. Right from the beginning Rogue Heart showered me with kindness, a giving spirit, and connection in a way I had not experienced before. They believed in me enough to create a role that would allow me to design and thrive.
Within the first week I accompanied the team on a visual documentation of the release of Chinook Salmon into the Spokane River. As I was listening to the words, blessings, and songs from members of the Spokane Tribe, I had a similar feeling to being in that EWU Theatre for the first time, alive. Every part of me felt joy that not only was this happening, but that I get to be part of this company striving to make a difference. I have only been here for a bit, but I have learned so much already and can’t wait to continue that growth professionally and personally. Thank you to Team Rogue Heart for welcoming me with open arms!