Before I even developed my current interests & skills, I really run round like a headless chicken. I didn't know what to do at the time. Even an education as a structural engineer seemed like something for me, but I already dropped out the first year. After 4.5 years at the HKU (University of the Arts in Utrecht) I came across a very nice position (Online Producer for Jetix / Disney). After 2 years I discovered that creating websites was not really my thing, even though the work itself and the colleagues were great fun! My interest in 3D design & animation still remained and I really felt I had to pick this up again.
So: Time for a new job!
During a new job as 3D Animator at Studio Hilversum Disney still regularly asked if I could continue making websites for them as a freelancer. The projects just kept coming and even from other countries where Disney was located. It became too much and more and more difficult to combine with my daily job. Working every evening and weekends was starting to become normal. But at one point I made a decision and decided to work as a freelancer full time. Goodbye fixed working hours, fixed workplace and now working from home whenever I wanted. Unfortunately my work at the time was spend much more at creating websites than on 3D projects, but at least I was working as a freelancer in my own time.
Now when I think back to that period when I had just started my own business, I still get that same feeling of freedom and happiness. I have never regret my descision and I would highly recommend it, if you ask me. Being able to take more control of your work, meeting deadlines that seemed impossible and spending more time on things that make you happy!