What’s the best career-related advice you’ve ever received?
“Don’t be discouraged by challenges and problems when working on a brief – instead, reframe them as guidelines that push your work further.”
This advice is something that is so relevant within the creative industry as we are constantly faced with challenges whether that be budget, materials, audience, or turnaround. When you adjust your mindset to see these as guidelines for innovation, the possibilities are endless for what you can create.
What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar role?
There’s definitely a few things to think about if you want to get into a similar role:
Have boundaries: Don’t feel like you have to change your personality or morals to work in the creative industry. It’s okay to try new things or experiment with your style but don’t feel pressured to change who you are, your faith or your morals to fit in or get work.
Transferable skills: I went from studying graphic design at uni to working as a creative doing ideation, creative strategy and concepting. A lot of skills you’ve picked up on the way can be transferable if you want to change careers slightly.
Use social media: Take advantage of social media when looking for jobs. People tend to post the company they work for in their social handles or bios – use that when trying to connect and build industry relationships.
Make an “almost“ portfolio: If you’re anything like me and you want to change it every three months, your portfolio will never be perfect. So create a portfolio that’s almost perfect, that you’re happy with for the interim and put that in the world. It’s better than having nothing!