What’s the best career-related advice you’ve ever received?
To include all your projects in your portfolio, even if you didn't enjoy working on it or for a particular client. It's important to showcase your skills and abilities across different areas, showcasing your expertise.
Another valuable tip I received was never to downplay your achievements. Your success is not just a result of luck, rather it's evidence of your skills and talent. Embrace your accomplishments and acknowledge the hard work you've put into reaching where you are.
Also another thing Tim Gardiner – the VFX and motion director at Stink - told me , when given a task, not to use words like “I will try”. Instead, be assertive and use words like “I will,” or “leave it with me.” This shows your competence which builds trust and respect from others whilst also reinforcing your own self confidence.
What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar role?
If you want to get into a similar role, I would say: Build a strong portfolio, showcase your best work that shows your initiative and creative flare. It’s important to gain experience by looking for internships, freelance roles or personal projects to practise and improve your skills. Also learn the tools commonly used in motion design, be it the Adobe Suite, Cinema 4d or even Blender.
I would say to research and find companies that align with your personal values and style of work you want to make. Connect with industry professionals for advice and mentorship. Always seek inspiration from various sources and keep learning. Stay dedicated, be proactive, and keep refining your skills and portfolio.