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How to pursue being an interior designer

I enjoy creating mood boards for rooms (furniture, wall colors, flooring, accessories), and I enjoy designing rooms for my family members. How did you start your journey of becoming an interior designer? Was it difficult to find a job? If it was hard to get to where you are today, would you do it again? Was it worth it to pursue a career of your interest? #jobs #career #interior-design #interior-designer #interior #design #career-choice #careers


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Deborah “Paige”’s Answer

I remember when I first began that I had a lot of people tell me that it was a difficult career choice and that I should let it go for a more lucrative stable career path. I tried my hand at other things and was unhappy and felt I had settled for someone else’s life and not my own. I have been a designer off and on for a total of 25 years... no I do not live in a mansion, but I have learned to live very comfortably. I do cabinet design and I make on average about $60k per year. Everyone needs a kitchen and a bathroom.... so my suggestion would be to check out a wider range and see if you have a niche you can find yourself in that would make you happy. I hope this helps.

Deborah “Paige” recommends the following next steps:

Take a few classes in architecture
Dive deeper into any specific area that may call to you
Find a local designer that can possibly mentor you

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Deborah “Paige”’s Answer

I remember when I first began that I had a lot of people tell me that it was a difficult career choice and that I should let it go for a more lucrative stable career path. I tried my hand at other things and was unhappy and felt I had settled for someone else’s life and not my own. I have been a designer off and on for a total of 25 years... no I do not live in a mansion, but I have learned to live very comfortably. I do cabinet design and I make on average about $60k per year. Everyone needs a kitchen and a bathroom.... so my suggestion would be to check out a wider range and see if you have a niche you can find yourself in that would make you happy. I hope this helps.

Deborah “Paige” recommends the following next steps:

Take a few classes in architecture
Dive deeper into any specific area that may call to you
Find a local designer that can possibly mentor you

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Linda’s Answer

This is a very difficult field to be successful in. I too have an artistic eye and love designing but the jobs just aren't there, or if they are, dont pay well.
My idea for you would to tweak you goal a tiny bit and aim for a job at an online company like Houz or Wayfair. Develop you skills with art and design classes but also develop website production skills, layout and design are similar to both careers. You will be guaranteed many more options that bring lucrative paychecks.

Linda recommends the following next steps:

Dont give up the idea, adjust it to open opps for well paid career.
Talk to web designers and physical designers, seek differences and similarities
Get started... nothing is permanent. You can always change along the way.

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