What would you say has been your biggest challenge along the way?
Patience. It takes time to arrive at the places you want in your career. I used to work a lot on my own stuff, and work so much I would burn out with certain projects.
I ended up abandoning some of these projects because I couldn’t see them coming to fruition. But I bet that if I had been more patient, they would’ve ended up amazing. Now, I try to see my goals and projects in the span of months and at times, years. It allows me to focus on the little wins rather than on instant gratification.
What have been your greatest learnings with making money and supporting yourself as a creative?
I’d say there are three key learnings for me in the past year:
1. Value yourself. Just because you’ve been offered your dream job, you shouldn’t sacrifice a fair salary.
2. Always have a savings account and prioritise it. You never know when things might go south. There are times when work doesn’t come in and you need to cover rent.
3. Money is not everything. Although this is kind of contradicting my two previous statements, I think it’s important to find happiness outside the cash. If you’re really doing what you love and can sustain yourself, you’ll be happy.