women's print herstory month girls who print

Name: Brooke Hurley

Company: Grit Printing and Direct Mail

Company URL: https://www.gritprinting.com/

Please share advice for young women considering or starting a career in print… Which includes design, sales, marketing and all jobs within.

In the beginning it was difficult finding someone who would give me chance. I was always told “your portfolio is great, but you don’t have enough work experience.” Luckily I was offered a prepress position that helped me develop my skills in designing properly for print. Over the years I’ve done various design projects to stay active in the industry.

A few of the pieces I designed were run at the same printer I worked for, it was really awesome to be involved in the whole process from beginning to end. My background in prepress has helped me serve as a better liaison between the client, sales, and production. My advice to you is to learn as much as possible about the entire process from the initial design, sales, prepress, press, bindery and everywhere in between.

How have mentors helped your personal and career development?

Early on I found a mentor who was open and willing to share tips about design and the printing industry itself. My current mentor supplies me with honest opinions and positive feedback that helps me provide better service to our customers.

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