What’s in my Office Thursday: Meet Madeline Maser, Freelance Designer, Illustrator & Photographer at Hausfrau – a comedy/photography magazine in Brooklyn, NY.
Check out her advice below:
“My biggest career goal has always been to be able to combine my passions (art and comedy) and use them in a way that I can make a living. Chicago Portfolio really helped me figure out how that can be done. I learned how to hone my aesthetic so it was more commercially viable, and I learned many tricks of the trade and insights into the fields of design and advertising that I would have never picked up on my own.”
“My classmates and I truly bonded and I made some amazing friends that have and still do lend a hand, both professionally and personally. I landed an internship at Walrus NYC with one of my favorite Copywriters/humans Brett Williams, and then decided to stick around in Brooklyn to pursue my passions. Currently I work (mostly) from home as a Freelance Illustrator, Photographer and Editorial Assistant for Hausfrau Magazine, a start-up venture that celebrates Brooklyn-based comedy, photography and art/media. I’m very thankful to Chicago Portfolio for leading me in that direction!”
“As for advice, I would say to not be afraid to get weird. Some, if not a majority, of the best work is that which challenges the audience and goes beyond the norm. Give your audience the benefit of the doubt. They do not need to be spoon-fed. A good campaign or design is one that makes you think and sticks with you, or at the very least contains something new and exciting. We are constantly bombarded with mediocrity. Challenge yourself to make work that will chip away at the current status quo.”