What’s the best career-related advice you’ve ever received?
I keep these three quotes close to my heart and remind myself of them often:
“This journey is not for the faint-hearted. It won’t be easy but will definitely be worth it.” Keep at it and you’ll not regret it.
“Nothing beats a willing heart.” If you have a hunger and willingness to learn, you’ll achieve more than the average.
“Every day is a school day.” Be open to learning from anyone and everywhere.
What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar role?
I’d start by saying that you’ve got to embrace a mindset that will accept challenges, persist, and see them as a path to mastery. Then, learn from the feedback you are given, and find lessons in the successes of others – and not just those who are in the creative field, but in other spheres of life.
Practically, I’d start by researching what it takes to be a graphic or motion designer. Look into successful people in this field. Study what they do, what makes them stand out and try to understand how they achieved great levels of success.
I think what’s usually left out or not given much attention is software and hardware requirements when starting out. From the most ergonomic keyboard to the best practices using Adobe After Effects, these are also an essential part of your creative career.