This is really fun for me. Somehow word got out at the community orchestra I play with that I like to dabble in graphic design (okay, so I probably said some not-so-nice things about previous attempts at fliers which were thrown together in Word for heaven sakes! After my complaining, they told me to put my money where my mouth is). So far, I've designed the last three concert "posters" for our group (including the one for the chamber concert from the last post), and a few ads that have run in the local paper. I'm a big believer in presentation-- I remember years ago hearing one friend tell another, "Listen, tell people you're amazing, and they'll believe it." I think that's really true, and as far as our orchestra is concerned, I thought it needed more polishing done in the presentation department. We are, after all, a community orchestra that goes after the professional orchestra crowd. We needed to send the message that we're contenders.
That said, as a non-profit with major expenses, we need to rely on local talent, so to speak. And so, I got my day in the limelight. I'm having so much fun designing these-- sitting down in front of my computer for a few hours with the help of Photoshop Elements (and my newly downloaded vector graphics editing software, Inkscape). I sometimes feel limited by my tools-- I learned Photoshop and Illustrator in college-- but overall, I'm happy to be able to flex my creative muscles a bit. It's so much fun to play!
In other news, in case you didn't notice, we have another concert coming up. Hurricane Sandy and other events (aka life) happening mean that I've missed more than a few rehearsals, but I think I'm going to try and play this concert. I mean, it's not every day that gal gets a chance to perform Beethoven, right? He's definitely a man to get my little classical-music-loving heart beating.