I've always worked in logistics and transportation. First job was being a charters and/or cargo owners representative, visiting ships and arranging everything from crew changes to taxis to the city and fetching drunken seaman, arranging customs formalities, producing loading documents. Then rolled on to a inside sales job and operations for shipping container carriers. My first jobs I didn't had long. Now working at a stevedore (loading, discharging, storing shipping containers) for 12 years, making a shift to a business analytics / business intelligence side of the business which I have found a interest in for the past few years.
For the majority of my career, I mostly did freelance magazine illustration, character design and storyboards for television and film, and some graphic design. When the market crashed in 2008, combined with things shifting to the Internet, my illustration career came to a grinding halt. Craigslist single-handedly wiped out classified ads which accounted for 30% of advertising for newspapers and reduced editorial budgets as a result. Web kind of killed print media.
I had to reinvent my career and focused on graphic design (incorporating illustration in my book covers and CD and LP packages). I taught drawing part time at a college for a few years and ended up taking my first 9 to 5 gig four years ago doing graphic design for said college.
I still freelance doing magazine and book design and illustration—these projects tend to be less lucrative than previous ventures, but the projects often have more personal meaning and are satisfying on a creative level that is unsurpassed, for which I'm grateful.
My work connects to IT sphere and etc. On my work I take part in creating and testing different apps like snapchat spy apps which can be used by users in different way. For example monitoring snapcahts and other social media stuff of employees or children internet activity.