We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I don’t think I ever thought I would have a career other than a creative one. It just never even seemed like an option for me. Since I can remember, I’ve always made art, and I’ve always loved the struggles and the excitement of creating something from nothing. I love all the challenges it brings as well. Being a graphic designer, you have to not only be creative but logical as well. You have to solve problems and digest information then present in a way that makes sense and looks good.
I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work in many different areas of design. I have done UX design, Environmental Design (which is signage and way finding), web design and even created story boards and done some illustration work (I had a few t-shirts in Hot Topic, too).
However, I think folks don’t always realize that artists and creatives face innumerable challenges given that our career path often doesn’t come with a playbook, a steady paycheck or any form of safety net. It’s definitely not always an easy path but it can be so rewarding. I hope to continue to grow as a person and a designer, to take on new challenges and to keep loving what I do. I consider myself very lucky. If you would like to see some of my work you can check it out here: https://www.jessicahilldesign.me/
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It isn’t easy to do creative work but it is often fun and rewarding. I think one of the things I had to get used to very quickly was rejection. You get rejected ALL the time as an artist. It’s not usually personal, it’s just not the right fit at that moment. But there will be others who are willing to take a chance on you. I think one of the best pieces of advice I ever got was “If you’re not messing up, you’re not trying hard enough.” It made me feel so much better about rejection and failure… if you never try, then, sure, you may never fail, but you also won’t ever grow. Making mistakes is important and I encourage everyone to make lots of them!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to thank my wonderful and patient family for their support and encouragement over the years, my amazing fiancé, Ronnie, who not only encourages me and cheers me on, but who pushes me to challenge myself and always try new things. My wonderful friends such as Katie and Thashana, who put up with my brain going non-stop all the time. My friend Sarah for nominating me for this. And to all those folks who ever gave me a shot and took a gamble on me… thank you for hiring me, it is so very appreciated!