Since quite some time, I noticed there were many women I came across in everyday life who made me stop and think: HOW DO THEY DO IT? I came to realize a common factor amongst all of them- they are mostly working mothers. Hard at work. I grew increasingly curious about how they managed to juggle it all. These women are not globally famous, but most of them are on the way there! And the reason it’s ‘moms only’ is not out of any bias, reason stated in intro here. So I decided to conduct short interviews and share the secrets with my readers, plus a teeny glimpse into the person behind the mother, wife, daughter, sister, employee, entrepreneur… This is one such post…. ENJOY!
Sara Jamil, is the artist behind Jam Designs, a highly innovative one-man operation for graphic designing solutions.Very talented and driven, Sara’s design concepts have been the reason for many a brand’s recognition/recall and has resulted in quite a few successful private ventures taking off. Besides her personal business, she has also taught and continues to be involved at the most prestigious art and architecture school in Karachi. Mother to three adorable kids, Nadir 9.5, Leila 6 and Zarak 1.5, she still somehow manages time for work, teaching, photography as well as her very personal creative outlet – her blog under the domain leaving1302.wordpress.com. Her spouse Khalid, is a marketeer by profession, which incidentally is how they met- at work! One of the Founders of the Alumni Association at her alma mater, she loves the city (Karachi) and all it has given her. She is an avid supporter of the local festivals, arts and crafts scene and supports the growing theatre and film industry in whichever way she can. This woman has been an inspiration to many a budding artist in the city: her former students. So let’s get to know more about this elusive creative guru-
How did you get your idea or concept for the business Jam Designs?
My friends call me Sara Jam or Jammie and I think it just stuck. When it came to “naming” something that would represent my work, it was an effortless choice.
Have you ever turned down a client?
Oh god, so many times. But I am always nice about it.
Describe any challenging mom moments faced when working?
Oh those are endless, especially if you work from home. I’ll give you some scenarios. Child stuck to leg while you are in a phone meeting. Other child wanting to watch ‘Wheels on the bus’ ONLY on your computer when you are trying to send an urgent email. And of course, everyone is always talking to you even when there are other people around.
If you had one piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?
Don’t over think it.
Are there moments when you just want to quit? If yes, what are the voices in your head that propel you to carry on?
Hmm I think there are definitely times when I think I want to stop for a while. It all gets too much and you feel you are always doing something. I like lazy. I like afternoons in bed with the kids just reading and nowhere to go. I like slow paces and that’s when I just want to quit. But that usually happens as a reaction after I have had a mad deadline-crunch time project. What keeps me going is that I think it makes me a better person to have something of my own. I love the high that I get out of my work, so it’s usually not a very hard conclusion to come to J
How many hours a day do you work (on average)?
Oh I work 24/7. The kind of work I do is not really about sitting down and doing it – well it is but that comes later. A lot of the process is just thinking and sketching or words and ideas so that is ongoing and constant. I can do it while I do everything else also now. It’s all quite interconnected and of course, depends on what I have decided to take on.
What is that one thing you find to be true that most people would disagree with?
I think I believe that good stuff happens to good people. People are cynical and tend to take it too literally but I have seen it to be true.
If you were to do it all again, what would you do differently?
I would take even more risks, try out things that scared me more.
Describe the most satisfying moment in business.
When you see people enjoying your work, appreciating it. If it makes even a few minutes of their day better in whatever way, it has done its job.
What were you doing as a ten year old?
Reading. “Printing” my own magazine. Keeping a journal. Playing adventure games outside.
Name two things you can’t leave home without.
My phone and my inhaler.
Name three books your children should read when they turn fifteen.
Hahaha I would never be able to narrow it down to 3!!
What movie, (no matter how many times you have seen it) do you have to watch when it’s on?
There are quite a few. I am a comfort watcher J
Name the first 90s pop song that comes to mind.
The Sign by Ace of Base
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
What my children say is the funniest thing in my life currently 😉 Can I have another question instead of this?