I think the biggest challenge in my career so far has been confidence. It’s hard to put yourself out there. I’m really introverted; I love just being in the studio, working in my own bubble. Having to present your work and talk to people is not my natural environment, so it’s something I’ve struggled with a lot.
Learn from others
I’ve watched other designers, and over time I’ve learnt to be more personable and how to put myself out there in a more gentle way. I think this can also be a big question for people just starting out and new graduates: How do you promote yourself without being bolshy and over-confident? I think there is a really nice balance that can be found, but it took me quite a long time to find that balance.
Shut out negative voices!
I find social media really difficult. I have to force myself to have a presence there; it’s like you take on a different personality – a more positive one – because I do wrestle with my work and I sometimes have that voice in my head telling me I’m not good enough. There is part of me that has to be really disciplined and switch off from that.