What does it REALLY take to be an Interior Designer?

Recently I was sent a letter from a young design student in Australia who needed to interview someone in her chosen industry, and learn the truth about what it means to be a designer.

Of course I was happy to help since I'm a huge believer in telling the truth (good and bad) about what it really takes to make a successful career as an Interior Designer.

I thought you might be interested in my answers, so here they are: