Friday, April 11, 2014

Career - Graphic Designer & Fine Artist, Darryl Hillard

Another speaker at Youth Career Day...

Darryl Hillard attended Northeast Academy and graduated from Midwest City High School. Incidentally, in high school, he played varsity football and participated in art club and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), which fosters leadership and entrepreneurism for careers.

Overcoming Adversity
Hillard’s mother died during finals of his first year of college at Oklahoma State University. He had two younger brothers at home so he chose to be an example for them.

About college, he says to be proactive, i.e., to schedule and plan. Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship, Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), had a five-year limit. He had a good GPA in high school, but his ACT was not so good. College required effort.

Dealing with a Setback
His performance in the first three courses of his major showed he was not good enough to be a graphic designer. He changed into the studio art program, where a few years later, he became the best artist. Becoming a showcase artist boosted him so he focused upon becoming a professional artist.

In his senior year, a new graphic design professor on his own time gave Hillard private lessons. Even with his regular courses, work, and private lessons, Hillard graduated.

“It’s all about mindset,” he said.

Once he graduated, he looked where the money was and applied for work. He built a website to display his art.

His first job was in Yukon, which he still loves. He is now a full-fledged, full-service graphic designer, i.e., doing all that can be done with art, conventionally or digitally. Hillard also continues his passion for fine art.

Highly motivated, he has his own business, DH Art & Design, and serves as the marketing coordinator/graphic artist at Knutson Irrigation Design.

In Oklahoma City, a graphic designer may earn from 35,000-60,000 a year.

  • Love what you do.
  • Be proactive.
  • Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do it.
  • Be persistent. Never give up.

About Hillard and Designs/Art                                                                                               Ret. 4-11-14

[Having seen his work and having heard him speak, we hired Darryl Hillard to design our Magical Mentoring Tour graphic materials for OFE's Boren Mentoring Initiative.]

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