I’m not sure a lot of people know since I’m not one to make huge social media announcements, but by reading the title you know what’s up.
A month ago, I managed to pack most of my belongings into two large suitcases, one carry on suitcase, and a backpack and moved literally to the other side of the world to Australia. My journey to Melbourne started with a 7 hour layover in San Francisco (my favorite U.S. city) where I got to catch up with a friend I’ve known since middle school.
It was a dream to spend my final hours in the U.S. getting to be in a place that makes me feel at home. I got to see my friend Christine’s new place since the last time I visited was over a year ago. We went to Eiji and caught up while enjoying some sushi.
My flight from San Francisco to Auckland was around 14 hours and then I had another 4 hour flight from Auckland to Melbourne. By the end of it, I was exhausted and so happy that I was traveling on a one way because that means I don’t have to go through flying for that many hours again any time soon.
Upon arriving in my new home, I was already getting the same good vibes that San Francisco gives me. There’s so much to do and see that it’s almost impossible to stay home every day. Since arriving I’ve already got to shoot No Name at the Forum Melbourne and create two behind the scenes video for fashion students at a RMIT. Back in Houston, I actually never left the house so I’ve done a complete 360 and I definitely feel that I’m where I need to be.
Now here’s the scoop on why I decided to move to Melbourne and what my plans are. After graduating in 2017, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and wasn’t really stressing about it, but knew for sure that I didn’t want to go work for corporate America. I got my Bachelors in Marketing with a minor in Apparel Design and the thought of going to a 9-5 and working behind a desk literally hurt my soul.
I moved home and basically took the year off to freelance and figure it out. There are so many different mediums that I love to use to create art so I was having a lot of difficulty choosing which craft to hone in on. I really enjoy fashion photography but as a freelancer there’s a lot of planning and it can be a hassle to get a team together unless you’ve already got reliable contacts or are signed with an agency who gets you gigs.
Travel photography is definitely my favorite and I was lucky enough to spend the first few months of 2018 traveling, but ya girl needed to recoup and save money. In addition, living in Houston was very discouraging when trying to expand my travel portfolio since it’s pretty bland scenery wise compared to other cities.
Digital media has always been one of my side projects that I frequently dabble in by creating stop motion videos, lyric videos, and motion graphics. No matter how long it takes, I’m always excited and happy to work on whatever project. Being pretty much self taught, I want to expand my skills and really learn all that’s possible with digital art in screen and media.
The thought of going back to school in America didn’t sound that appealing when there’s so much of the world to see and so many more connections to make. Being born in Australia, it was an easy choice for me to choose this country. Plus, my sister moved here over a year ago and has been urging me to move here before I even graduated.
Shortly after moving back home, I applied to a digital media program at a university in Melbourne and got in for 2018, but ended up deferring the program until 2019. My entire summer was spent behind my computer screen playing around and making tons of short motion graphic clips with After Effects such as the ones posted above, but I’ll share more in a post coming soon.
Right now my life consists of just spending my days exploring this exciting city, sending lots of emails, actually going out and making connections, attending random events, creating tons of biog content, and making animations with After Effects.
I’m really excited to soak this city dry and see how far I can grow my talents when it comes to photography and digital media and I hope you’re just as excited to follow me on this new journey.
What’s the wildest move you’ve ever made? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!