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Starting a small business…

Starting a small business…always sounds like a great idea – until you start to realize how much work it is going to take and how long it will take for the business to be booming. I am not sure why I started doing this, but I realized that my passion was to help small businesses and individuals capture their dreams and memories.

So what have I realized so far? It will be a few years before I can rely solely on the profit. So until then, I have to find another job. I also have to start setting aside about 30 percent of all profits for taxes. That was definitely something I didn’t expect. I also had to start keeping all receipts for any purchase for the business. Facebook, Twitter, and a website were all things I was expecting. Needless to say, I think everyone needs to definitely do their research before even following through with this idea, but in all honesty, I am pretty lucky to have family who all have some sort of important business knowledge. I have turned to many family members for advice on what to do, and have even hit up my professors from college for advice.

For now, I am going to go back to working on some designs to relax, but just for you…here is a design I just worked on for some music stuff….





Also, here is another design of a very beautiful quote….





Toodles world! Hope you all have a great one!


The Ugly Truth…

The ugly truth of being a college graduate, and what that really means.

Before I tell you this truth, I am going to give you a little refresher on my college history. I spent almost every single night of my college career working on homework and designs for class. I went above and beyond the assignments to guarantee I had a great portfolio and understood everything.

While in college everyone tells you that once you graduate you will find a perfect job immediately, and that everything you do is worth it. Well here is the truth. Most of the places I have applied do not accept my internships as experience. When they do it doesn’t give me enough experience to meet their requirements. So what do I do? I am qualified in every aspect to be a junior level graphic designer, except my experience doesn’t add up to their total desired amount.

So what did I do? I still applied for the job, and in my cover letters I clearly stated that I am aware that I do not have the experience they desire technically, but I have that amount of experience in all the extra curricular activities, projects, and internships I have been a part of. So hopefully they accept my application and I get a job soon, but let’s be honest here. I graduated in May, and I haven’t had a job for 4 months.

It is really frustrating to find a job, but this is the decision I have made. I am going to run my own business, and until it gets to a point where I can run it and count on it to make money I will find another job to make ends meet, build experience, and make connections. Once I get my business off the ground I will then be doing what I want to do, and I will be making the money I want to make. I like the idea of being my own boss and one day having others work for me. I will cater my employment to the college students who don’t have the “experience” for other companies, and help them build their portfolio so they can move on to “bigger and better things.” I know that owning a small business isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and nor will it make me rich or famous, but I love the idea of helping other small businesses and school get what they want to help them achieve their goals.

Anyway – that is my bit of information for those who are going to college for anything. Don’t think you are going to walk out and find a job right away, and if you do you better thank whatever you believe in because you are one lucky SOB.

Toodles intereweb – I will chat at you later.

P.S. I am getting my wisdom teeth out this Friday so I may do some blogs just to give the world something to chuckle at. When I get put on pain meds I become very philosophical, and sometimes my brilliant ideas really do sound good later!

The Move

As many of you saw, I moved from Iowa to Tennessee a month ago, and I have been so busy getting settled that I wasn’t able to really post a blog!

So here are the updates!

  • Last week I became an official Tennessee resident with a new drivers license and registration for my truck!
  • I started my own small business! Casey Rae Design & Photography, but don’t judge my website too much!
    • The website is currently in a transitional phase from my previous portfolio website to a small business!
  • I started up the Facebook page to my business, and I have been hunting for a job until the business gets off the ground.
  • I am taking some time to get to know the area I am living in, and it is beautiful!
    • I will post photos of the area as soon as I can, but lately I have been booked with a lot of wedding stuff!

I hope everyone is doing well in the interweb world! I am going to try and get a blog out at least twice a week until I get into a steady habit! (I know I say that all the time, but this time I am serious because this blog is going to be connected to my small business!)

Until next time I wish you all a warm summer week!

Casey Rae

New Adventures!


It sure has been a while since my last post, and I know that I am being rather inconsistent with my blog. However, I think it is time to give you guys an update on what is going on in my world of Graphic Design….

I recently made a move from Iowa to Tennessee to try and get a career in Graphic Design, Photography, Marketing, or Social Media. Really, as of right now I am working on redesigning my website and resume and providing a real url that isn’t hosted by Briar Cliff from when I was a student. For now, my old website is still up, but I will be having it taken down as soon as I get my new one up and going.

I have the logo for my website and the buttons for the menu bar done, but after trying to get my website going in Dreamweaver, I realized that I had forgotten the basics of starting a website. So for now, I am waiting for my father to mail me my Dreamweaver textbook and then I will get the website going. I remember everything about the design process, but the little tasks before you can build your website have escaped me.

I decided that I was going to go with a vintage lace theme for my website and resume meaning I will be using a lot of decorative dividers and fonts for the website while using a san serif font for the body text. I am very excited to get this new phase of my life going. The colors I have selected are going to be teal, pink, and purple. Teal being the color that is most used while pink and purple are accent colors. As for the body text it will be black or white depending on the background color I decide to use.

As for the adventures of my move, I am pretty much settled in and getting some job applications filled out, but I don’t want to send out too many of my old resumes until I get the new design down and my personal brand set up. I am very excited to see where this southern lifestyle will take me, but for now I am spending time with family, working on my website, and doing some designs here and there to keep me fresh. I am working on my portfolio more and more, and I have realized that now I am able to be more picky about what is in my portfolio now. That is a nice feeling saying that I am able to pick the best stuff because I have done enough to really get me going in the design world.

Until next time, I hope that everyone on the interweb is having a great day, and when I get my Dreamweaver textbook I will try to post a video or blog tutorial on how to get through the basics of web design.


Casey Rae

It’s Official…I’m a Grad

First, I would like to say that I am so sorry that I haven’t been blogging much lately! I was so busy with my Senior semester of school, graduation, and the job hunt. Fortunately, I have lots of news to tell y’all!

I will start with some of the past updates you deserve to know. My Typography Textbook took me forever, but it is possibly one of the better designs I have done. It took me all semester to collect the research and design the layout, but needless to say  all my hard work paid off. I received a great grade on the project and got a lot of props from my professors.

Also, after wrapping up all my projects and designs I am officially a college graduate! I received my Bachelor of Arts for Art, Graphic Design, and a minor in Art History. I also landed a job as a Graphic Designer right after graduation.

I took a week off after graduation to relax and get ready for the grown up world. Now we are current, and up to date. I have a job at Team Creative Fire in Sioux City and am a part-time graphic designer. I also am still doing my nannying and doing freelance design on the side. I am still searching for a full-time graphic design job, but until then my Boss is keeping me busy.

One of the biggest problems I had after graduation was getting myself set up for the graphic design world, but a few days ago I made my first big purchase…a MacBook Pro with Retina Display. I LOVE IT! I haven’t been happier, but I can say that it was a big chunk of change — so worth it! Also, I joined the Adobe Creative Cloud and am currently downloading all the programs I need so I can start really designing. I have some very big projects coming up for work and for freelance. So – this means you will be getting several posts from me again! I am going to try to post a new blog every monday until I get into the habit, then I will probably amp up to twice a week!

As for now, I am taking all suggestions for apps to get for the MacBook or my iPad that are Design worthy! So let me know what you suggest and maybe I will even do a few app reviews! Until next time, I hope everyone has a wonderful monday!

Toodles Interweb!

Impending Graduation

The month of May kinda snuck up on me. I knew it was coming, but it came too fast. I felt as if my stress levels over the last two months has been on red alert. I know there are many people who have had to deal with my stress, emotions, and lack of sleep. To those who have, I thank you, but in all honesty….I am ready.

I am ready to graduate in 16 days. I am ready to go out into the real world and get a job, but that is the hard part – I can’t seem to find anyone who wants to hire me. Not that I am a bad designer and not worth their time… is really is that I am not finding the right fit. Part of me wants to move to a big city and have some awesome design job for a firm, but the other part of me wants to own my own design business in a medium size city helping start up business’ get their logos and such.

Anyway, this past week I have spent majority of my time working on getting the Senior Graphic Design show up. The show is for my work and a fellow student, who is also a great designer. I was really excited for the show, but then I found out that none of my family is able to make it to the show.

Also, I have a huge project to do for my senior research class, and that is the key point of stress for me right now. I just am so frustrated with everything, and I am not getting nearly enough sleep these days. I am eager for graduation to come and go so I can take some time to relax…

For now this is me leaving you with this note – not all things will be easy, but the challenges of life will make you stronger.

Almost 5 weeks left..


This is going to be my freak out a bit…(well A LOT)…blog. I am currently getting ready to wrap up my senior year here, and I am dying of exhaustion, stress, and emotions. Seriously….who else but me would put this much work on her plates? That’s right…I said plates (plural)…I am that person at the buffet that decided she needs two plates one for the main meal and another for dessert. Now I am looking at my plates and already getting sick.

So what is on my plates you may ask? Well, because a close friend of mine told me to write a list I am going to do it here. This list is in order of priority:

  • Typography Textbook (Senior Research Project) yes…I am writing a textbook my senior semester of college. No I don’t know what the hell I was thinking…I am just a little cray cray.
  • 18 Karat Branding (Production III Project) I am branding a fashion company that I have created that will be hypothetically based around 50s style fashion.
  • Exegesis Paper (Intro to the New Testament) Yea..I don’t even want to talk about this.
  • Senior Graphic Design Show
  • Art Thesis Paper (Nothing to worry about here – just time consuming)
  • Art History Presentation (Again – nothing to worry about except the fact that I don’t like giving presentations…oh well I guess)
  • Other minor homework projects that are just there to be a pain in my butt

So…that is where I am at this lovely moment. I am thinking this weekend will be the weekend that I kick it into high gear and get a majority of these things taken care of. If I don’t do it now, I don’t think I will be able to get it done ever.

On a side note – I am going to be working on some more art work to de-stress. I will get photos of my art up here soon I just have to get the photos uploaded!

Toodles interweb – I hope you all are having a wonderful Friday!

Casey 😀

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