Amanda Skapnit

Amanda Skapnit

Multimedia Producer


US Senate


Always be friendly. Always be open. Don't wrinkle your nose at anyone.

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Passing my GED. I had been homeschooled, so this was literally the first test I'd ever taken. I was so nervous. I passed it on the first try, but I'd been studying for a month.
I changed my major like 3 times in college.
Getting into design school was rough! It was very competitive, I had to prepare a portfolio, interview, and write an essay and out perform 20 other people.
I moved to DC with only what I could fit in my car once I decided I wanted to come.
Keep following my journey

Education

GED
Bachelor
Graphic Design
Western Michigan University

Career

Multimedia Producer

I design social media posts and print materials for about half the senators in the US Senate.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Politics
Design
Being Creative

Day to Day

Coffee, email, design, revisions based on client feedback, more coffee, a meeting or two, more design, time to go home!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

A designer is always learning. I have to keep myself open to new media, new techniques, and new programs. I do a lot of my learning through YouTube, although I have met some mentors along the way who are always there to help me out. Always be open to learning from everyone.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Learn to draw and let people know that you know how to draw. Designers who can draw are so powerful. Also: don't be a snob, work hard, and help the underclassmen. Upperclassmen have gotten me jobs, underclassmen have given me clients. Just be a member of the community at large. You're still learning when you teach.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Graphic Design

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You will never get a job in design (I had a job in design at the time, this teacher was just being abusive)."