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A little bit about me in a women’s magazine

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The women’s online magazine Womantrend.kg wrote a small article about me. That’s really nice.

The dialogue with the reporter was as follows:

  • The beginning. What brought you into profession? Were you tempted since your teenage years? Did you have any doubts about your choice?

Since I was a child I always wanted to become a clothes designer, so I was reaching my goal step-by-step: sewing, embroidering, drawing …
But that moment I had no idea about the world of interior designers, if there was such an occupation in Soviet times at all. Even at the age of 16, when I learnt about the job and told my mom about my wishes, I got a total prohibition!
Her motives were typical for those days: such specialists are not necessary, I’d be flat broke.
This is how I didn’t get into architecture university.
I had to go a long and challenging way to get back to my dream to work with interiors.

  • How long did you study to become interior designer?

My case is self-education. I sifted through tons of professional literature and websites, made a lot of my own mistakes!
I can’t say what is better – classical school or self-education – everything depends on the person, you either work to the max or idle your time away. I was sweating guts out, sometimes forgetting both to eat and sleep!

  • Tell about your first client.

May I tell not about the first client, but about my first big mistake? That’s way more interesting. The product of my work is still out there in one of the largest capital’s shopping centers and every time I get there it reminds me of the fact that one needs to think well before doing something and that arrogance is not the best advisor.

At that moment I had more than one successful project behind, felt on the top of the world, had a lot of clients who literally cherished me.

I made a project of a selling spot which was interesting, not ordinary and btw still attracts attention and looks unusual even after many years. In black fronts I decided to imply neon light… It seemed to be looking great… But I didn’t take one thing into account: neon looks fabulous in the dark but not in a well-lit premise.
The customer spent considerable sums of money (neon that time was quite pricey). The result was awful, I was demolished! That failure was a life lesson that taught me to think over every tiny detail in the project!

  •  Pros and cons of your job.

Pros:
First of all, that’s creativity! I create beauty! I create dreams! I create coziness and comfort!
I make customers’ psychological portrait in their interior! It’s not enough to create a beautiful interior, it’s essential to write your own song! The area where your soul will roll forth! That is incredibly interesting, exciting and difficult!
Yeah, difficult indeed! To run such business, you should not only be a wonderful artist, a fine judge and a marvelous expert, you need to have a sharp eye for people, in the first place.
You have to be able to perceptively read your client’s soul, understand his wishes, even when he himself is not aware of them. Here are the pros: since your house is your world, I have an opportunity to create new worlds! So, not without vanity, I can say that an interior designer is a bit of God!
Cons. Actually, cannot name any real minuses, I will tell you about the difficulties:
To begin with, that is an enormous responsibility. A huge knowledge database! Which needs to be regularly refilled. If a day passed without learning anything new, you go to the bottom. Having your finger on the pulse is crucial 24/7. The market is dynamic and that’s the beauty of it.

  •  Is this job much-in-demand in Bishkek?

I can’t say for the whole profession, I will say about specialists in particular: good specialists have a lot of job; the state of being in demand for bad ones tends toward zero.

  •  You’re a freelancer. Is it great to work for yourself? Can you name any disadvantages of working this way?

Well, working for oneself is the best present that people can give to themselves.
Especially when you are not just a person but a mother of two children.
I worked while being pregnant, I worked with a baby on hands, both sons visited objects being several days of age.
In such a situation there are several pluses: you’re always with your children, you can influence them, and they are not going to be brought up by a stranger. Since the early childhood kids start to understand that their mother works that makes them more responsible. Quite often I see mummies that cannot do anything because their children never give them a moment’s peace. It’s despicable.
Sure, equally important is the fact that you can’t afford to become a home clucking hen, you are always on the go. You should look well-groomed, should keep fit, should manage your time properly to devote it to family, work, home… Should, should, should…
Try freezing for a second and everything will go to pieces. Such pace of life is not everybody, bit the other way I am slowly dying. You know, like a shark?

Cons? It’s hard at the beginning! When you start running on your own, you get freedom that not everyone is ready to handle.
Freedom comes with responsibility. You are responsible for yourself, for your bread, as nobody is going to put salary in an envelope… Everything is rougher, straighter, more precise. Once you fail a project, it’s not the company’s reputation, it’s your face that will shame itself. You realize that quickly, and you either shrieking run to work for somebody, or start using your brain box actively.

  •  Can you tell about any troubles with clients, there have to be some, at least couple of times?

Well, troubles do occur. People are different.
The most unpleasant is disrespect, when a customer is trying to drive down the price and convince you that he is a great designer himself, he just doesn’t know the necessary programs! He is not going to pay such money for plain program knowledge! I never argue with this kind of people, we all designers are both doctors and houseparents, so, since the result is satisfying, everything is ok.

There is one more category of customers – the ones who try to show superiority. They treat you like a servant, come to the appointment drunk and disorderly or start to flirt. The conversation with them is short. Whatever big the money is, such customers have to look for another contractor.
But all of the cases mentioned above refer to one client in a thousand. I am lucky to have met amazing people to work with.

  • Where do you get your interior ideas?

Usually they appear at once when you see an object, and then they become more detailed through a conversation with the customer. At home I just have to convey that all into a program and smarten it up. Where do I take them from? That requires regular professional literature tracking, visiting exhibitions, many years’ experience – a faultless combination.

  •  Where do you think your job will lead, say, in 10 years from now?

I guess everything will stay the same: adorable job that I can’t imagine my life without.
Except perhaps the price for my service will increase, and there will be not 10 but 20 year experience behind.

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