If you could pick three things that you’ve found useful or inspiring to your work or career, what would they be and why?
Three different strands of industry advice have been useful for me.
The first is what many of my senior peers have told me on handling criticism. No one likes to be told our work is not good or up to standard, but we only know so much. Accepting and understanding the feedback that those with more experience hold can unlock the door to progression, development and success, so always take on feedback with an open mind.
The second is on handling the dreaded imposter syndrome. This is a feeling where you think to yourself, “am I really made for this job?” or “why did they hire me? I can’t do this”.
It is a killer feeling and one that can really destroy your motivation. Whenever I feel imposter syndrome, I ask myself how I got here in the first place. This question alone can help to combat overthinking. By asking it, you can positively re-frame your thoughts:
“Why are you here?”
“I am here because X studio hired me”
“Why did X studio here you?”
“They hired me because I was the best animator out of all the others”
“Why were you the best animator out of the others?“
“Because I worked hard to get where I am”
Your managers chose you for this job because they saw something in you. The job title is yours and you are perfectly qualified for the role.
The final strand is cooperation. Being easy to work with is more important than being good at your profession. Most people would prefer to hire someone with less knowledge and a strong willingness to learn and cooperate, than someone who is very skilled but impossible to get along with.