3 Skills that Propelled my Career (and 1 secret)

In Freelance & Business, Life, PsBootcamp by Bria2 Comments

If you’re reading this post, it’s likely you’re a gal who doesn’t want to settle for the status quo. You want the most out of your life, and you’ve got big dreams for it.

That includes big dreams for your career. You don’t just want to go through the motions. You want to wake up in the morning, wildly passionate about what you do, and go to sleep at night, deeply fulfilled by what you’ve accomplished.

I’m right there with you darling, and on average I feel pretty grateful to be able to do just that. (Of course, there will always be days that are hard; days I feel overwhelmed and frozen, and days I wonder what the heck I’m doing, but that’s just the ebb and flow and it passes.)

I’ve been blessed with some pretty amazing opportunities; lately, a few “peeing my pants” exciting ones that I can’t share just yet. But as much as my career success (and success is a constantly evolving and very personally defined thing) may appear instant / easy / lucky, it hasn’t come overnight.

There are 3 skills I’ve continuously developed that have propelled my career:  

1. Resourcefulness.

There are plenty of transferrable skills I learned throughout my degree in Fashion Design. But the one I’ve used the most, the one I didn’t even realize I was learning, was the ability to be resourceful. The ability to take initiative, to learn, to adapt, to create and thrive in unknown and difficult situations. Resourcefulness has made me an invaluable employee and team member, and resourcefulness has been invaluable to me as an entrepreneur.

2. Storytelling.

This is how you communicate in a way that both shares your message and creates connection. You don’t need to be a literary genius or even an english major to be a good storyteller. (Truthfully, I took AP english in high school and earned a lowly C- on my final exam.Storytelling is all about relating; it’s the combination of relevant information and vulnerable emotion that carries the potency to captivate your audience and earn their trust. Whether you’re applying for a job, pitching your work to a potential client, or cultivating your boss babe tribe, this kind of storytelling will make you stand out from the crowd. It’s been an integral part of both my businesses, bringing me soulmate style clients, big opportunities, and positioning me as an expert in my field.

3. Photoshop.

The first Adobe program I ever played with, Photoshop skills have opened ALL doors in my career. This might sound a little extreme, but it’s true. I landed my first job in the fashion industry not because of my degree, but because I had some (at the time, very basic) Photoshop skills. In under a month, I became an invaluable asset to the company, updating their website and social media accounts, editing the amateur lookbook photos, and creating ads and other marketing materials for tradeshows. When I left to start my own magazine, Photoshop allowed me to create beautiful, high quality content before I had enough clout to collaborate with professional photographers. And, my ever-growing Photoshop skills also gave me the tools to design my own brand, website, and secure my first design client: former Bachelorette, lifestyle blogger, and host of Love It or List It, Jillian Harris.

 

As a brand and a business, Digital Darlings Creative was built largely on these 3 skills. The resourcefulness needed to run a business on a budget and adapt to the changing digital landscape; the ability to create connection, teach new skills and share my message through storytelling; and, the Photoshop skills to tie it all together in a visual package that stands out.


 

I’m going to let you in on a lesser known fact: my Photoshop skills are largely self-taught.

 

I didn’t take a graphic design program, and my formal Photoshop training looks like a couple classes at university that crammed together a whole lot of programs into a jumble of projects and techniques that are, frankly, pretty irrelevant to the needs of any modern day woman.

I’ve spent the last 10 years learning, experimenting, and developing my design skills in Photoshop. With resourcefulness, a geeky passion for the program, and a ton of time (both on and off the clock), I’ve learned the ins and outs of Photoshop, alongside Adobe’s other design programs.

But this isn’t a post to tell you to spend the next 10 years struggling through monotonous YouTube videos, signing up for weeks of university classes that will only teach you dated designs, or resigned to the fact that you’ll continue to shell out high hourly $$$ to a designer for simple tweaks and marketing materials. 

I’ve already put in the hours, so you don’t have to.

 

This is where PsBootcamp comes in.

In this two day weekend workshop (short and sweet cause ya’ll are busy!), I’ll teach you everything you need to know about Photoshop, in a language you can easily understand. We’ll work through projects and exercises that are actually relevant to your needs, in a format that is mindful of your busy schedule:

“Since participating in the PSBootcamp, I have been commissioned to design blog headers, edit photographs and even complete a full website design for a professional athlete. I use the skills I learnt at the Bootcamp on a daily basis. You will leave the course feeling fulfilled and eager to put your newly learned skills to work. Bria means business in the best kind of way.”  – Carson

“Before PsBootcamp I felt helpless, limited, and totally constrained. I left the weekend with an entire new world of inspiration and creativity! Not only did Bria host a comfortable, thorough and exciting class, she gave me the tools I wanted to learn to take my projects to the next level.” – Michelle

“Before PsBootcamp I wasn’t feeling very confident that I would be able to work Photoshop and make professional looking marketing materials, but Bria was so great at walking us through the class in a way that was SO easy to understand! The class and lessons were over and above what I expected and the food was amazing. I’m so excited to get started and to use this skill towards, possibly, my own small business! The whole workshop was so exciting and motivating – Bria has great energy, and makes the learning process funny and easy.”  – Kim Dennis

You show up with your laptop, meet more women like you who don’t settle for the status quo – women who are creative, inspiring, and doing great things – and learn how to confidently navigate the number one design program you NEED to know. I’ll stuff your brain, and each day, Boy With a Knife Catering will stuff your stomach with delicious eats.

 


Join me for one career-propelling weekend of inspiration and nourishment for your heart, your mind, and your body. Are you in?

 

PsBootcamp is Saturday Nov 19th and Sunday November 20th, and for a limited time you’ll save $100 on your registration:  click here to get all the class details and save your seat.
xx,
Bria

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