What would you say has been your biggest challenge along the way?
I’d say my biggest challenge along the way has been confidence. Meeting me you wouldn’t think I’m a shy person, but I very much am. It’s been hard for me to get my ideas across and speak up in meetings, this is something I’ve had to work on a lot in order to be an asset to my team.
I am a lot – and I mean a lot – better now and I regularly chip in on meetings and feel like a proper member of the team. A practice that really helped me overcome this confidence issue was spending 5 or 10 minutes before a meeting, writing down a list of things I might want to talk about. I cannot begin to describe how much of a help this little crutch has been in helping me develop.
What have been your greatest learnings with making money and supporting yourself as a creative?
I would say location has a lot to do with making money and supporting yourself. Yes the salaries in London are very good and yes there’s a lot of roles in London however London Is very very expensive to live in. My advice would be trying and find people to live with as the more people you live with the cheaper it will be.
Also, when looking for places to live, consider your commute and how much it will be if you take public transport. It may feel like a little amount here and there on the tube but trust me it adds up quickly. Also if you need to buy anything to help you with your job find out if your work will provide or pay for it.
I will also say keep a little money aside for yourself, creative jobs can cause burnout and sometimes you’ll need an extra bit in your bank to treat yourself.