Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Godbee-Primus.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jessica. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have a background in fashion design and marketing (B.F.A.) and I sort of fell into graphic design because, I needed to learn a new skill quickly to pay the bills.
My first projects were book covers for a publishing company in New York and that lead to more projects that included logo design, promotional materials and now social media marketing (which makes up 75% of my business) and product design.
I don’t advertise my business at all. I let my work speak. Each satisfied client shares their experience about me with someone they know and that’s how I’ve grown to regularly servicing over 100 clients in the United States, the Caribbean, Africa and the UK.
Graphic design certainly was not my first love but, I’ve developed a great deal of respect for it as my profession because each new project challenges me to grow by pushing my creative limits.
I don’t like telling customers “no”. I prefer solution oriented thinking. That said, what they ask for isn’t impossible, I just need to figure out how to do it. And if I can’t, I give them something that completely blows them away and makes them forget what they initially had in mind.
All of this isn’t because I’m that good, it’s because I won’t rest until the customer is happy and proud to promote themselves with what I’ve designed for them. I won’t settle and I won’t allow my customers to either.
Has it been a smooth road?
The major struggle I’ve had is being self taught. It’s taken a lot of trial and error and a lot of patient printers and clients who have been very understanding for the most part.
When my first client asked if I could do book covers, I replied “yes” before he could blink even though I had no idea what to do. I knew how to use Photoshop and Illustrator in regards to fashion but, not for print or web graphics.
After a few tries, he caught on and told me that he believed in me and that it was okay to keep trying until I got it right. So, I did. I kept trying and I’m still trying to this day to be a great designer.
I’m constantly looking at tutorials or reading blogs or buying books. I’m still a student.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with J. Godbee Graphic Design Services – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I think what sets me apart is that my business is 100% online and it’s still very personable. I’ve met less than 1% of my clients in person and some of them have worked with me for 5 years or more because they are so comfortable with and confident in me.
I work with a lot of multi-level marketing clients who need graphics fast. Their businesses are very fast-paced and keeping up with them takes it’s toll but, it’s also very rewarding and I do some of my best work for them.
Though social media marketing flyers are my specialty, I also love publication design. I’ve worked for an independent newspaper and a startup magazine and those huge projects stretched me the most as a designer and I learned a lot.
I’m proud that my customers are happy with what I do and that they don’t just have to take what I throw at them. I take the time to ask them what they think and how they feel about a project and I believe that has played a major role in my success thus far.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love everything about Atlanta. I fell in love with it when I was a little girl visiting my aunt. I really think the city is magical and it’s why I chose to go for my second degree at the SCAD Atlanta campus years ago. There’s always something great to do there and I met some of my best friends there while also getting in touch with old ones.
My graphic design career started in Atlanta and the city will always hold a special place in my heart. In fact, I was there just the other weekend enjoying a beautiful brunch at The Sun Dial. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was very young and it was a dream come true to celebrate with friends and loved ones at such a breath-taking establishment.
David Whitlow, AFFIRM Films, Provident Films