How did I end up on the bottom rung of the totem pole of the creative industry?
And what did it take to reach that pinnacle?
It wasn’t easy.
Here are five key lessons I learned from being a creative careerist in the US. 1.
Learn From the Wrong People and Fail.
It’s been said that there is no such thing as a bad person.
So when someone tells you that you’re doing great, take a deep breath and listen.
But don’t let them tell you you’re a bad artist.
People can be just as great as you think they can be.
It doesn’t matter if you’re in a small studio, a major creative agency, or a startup, there’s no shortage of people who will take a shot at you.
And you can learn from their mistakes, too.
That’s because a lot of times the people who are making mistakes will be the ones who are trying to help you get over the hump.
And if you can look back on a life and realize that you were a little bit lucky, you’ll probably be better off than the person you were trying to fix.
This is a big lesson that I learned early on as a creative professional.
Learn from the Wrong Crowd.
When I first started my career in 2009, the idea of getting hired in the creative field wasn’t that crazy.
My career path was pretty straightforward: I’d done the odd short film or a sketch, but it was nothing that stood out as a significant breakthrough in my career.
I’d never had a big break, either.
So I thought it was fine.
And it was.
But as time went on, things changed.
When my client list was growing, I was asked to do short films, sketchy commercials, and some television commercials.
And eventually, the reality of the situation came to me.
When you have clients and a big budget, there are many opportunities to make mistakes.
But even when you do make mistakes, you need to know that you have a shot to succeed.
So that’s when I learned to think critically.
It wasn, in fact, the right time to think about it.
When a client has money, they have a budget.
It might not be the best way to make a movie or sell a sketch.
But if they ask you to do a short film, you can make a few mistakes and still succeed.
And as you get more experienced and you have more money, you’re able to better take advantage of the opportunities you have.
Learn to Be Critically Considered.
When we were still in the startup phase, we were always told that we had to do everything ourselves.
This was an attitude that was very prevalent at the time.
But it was wrong.
In fact, I learned this the hard way as I worked as a freelance photographer.
And for me, the key lesson I learned was to understand that the best ways to succeed in the world are to be thoughtfully considered.
People who have lots of experience, who have a lot knowledge, and who have an ability to apply that knowledge in a way that’s relevant to the way you’re going to be working are the people that will be able to help others to succeed, too, whether they’re on the ground or in front of the camera.
So the next time you see a freelance artist who wants to make something with a small budget, ask them what they think of my work.
I bet they’ll tell you that I did it in my own way.
Work From Home.
When the creative profession was starting out in 2009 and 2010, I often found myself working from home on short films and sketches.
But after a few years of this, I started noticing the amount of time I was spending on my phone instead of on the film and sketch I was making.
And the reality is, I wasn’t working from a great place.
I was working from my apartment.
It was a place where I didn’t get much exercise, where I felt isolated and lonely, where there were people I didn ‘t talk to and didn’t want to be around, and where I was constantly stressed about what I was doing.
At the time, I didn’ t really have a way to take advantage, so I just worked from home and kept my eyes on the prize: a client who had a budget, was interested in my work, and I could help them with the editing.
And after about two years of working from this home, I realized that the amount I spent on film and sketches had actually helped me become more successful.
I could have stayed home and made my own movies.
But instead, I spent my time thinking and working from an internal source.
I worked with a real director, and when I made a short, I had the chance to talk to a real producer and director.
In the process, I gained confidence and confidence increased my