I remember what it was like, a new designer fresh out of high school starting my first job doing typesetting and design for a local business. If there is anything I would share, it’s that you can learn from anyone and everyone around you. Be a sponge and don’t dismiss anyone young or old, new or not. There’s so much to learn no matter how long you’ve been doing it. Now I’m working on local magazines for a nationally known company and have creative freedom and lots of fun at work. And I’m still pushing harder than ever to grow and get better. Chime in with your own advice and experiences.
- “The advice I would give someone who is just starting out in a creative field would be to know exactly where your end goal is and how you plan to get there. Creative fields are difficult, competative and very stressful. If you don’t know where you want to end up or even how to get there, you’ll be eaten alive.”
Tearra Marie (@AhorashiiKagome) is an inspiring singer/song writer, actress, and novelist who blogs daily her writings and struggles in the music and publishing world at AhorashiiKagome.livejournal.com
- “The *most* important thing is to launch stuff ASAP. Success is mostly a numbers game — the more you try, the more likely a successful outcome.”
- “Find out from other freelancers how much things cost and what to expect before diving in. Save up your money for the most necessary. Don’t go into debt. Don’t pay for the un-necessities. Seek the really good clients by requiring contract and down- payment requirements before beginning. It is easier to keep a good client on by treating them well and doing a great job for them, than to try to get a new one.”
Lisa C. Jackson (lisajackson.biz) is owner of a Company Identity Solopreneurship, Lisa Jackson Design, and helps small local businesses to succeed.
Chime in with your own advice and experiences.
Last week, the first episode of the new Uncanny Creativity Podcast was released. It's a productivity podcast for artists, designers and other creative professionals. This is a rebranding and update of the SketcheeBook Podcast, so technically this is episode 21 and I've kept the old numbering scheme. You can subscribe to the show for FREE through iTunes or in a reader by rss. If you're not familiar with podcasts, check out my article on how to listen to podcasts.
I ♥ Graphic Design by Craig Keeling How do you deal with that tough design project? The one that you probably shouldn't have taken onto in the first place. Or it's the part of the project that you knew would be least fun. Whatever the reason, you don't want to work on this project. This could even apply to a full time job or your whole career. Here's a few tips on how to deal Stay positive. Your positive attitude can be infectious. If it's that project where the client is never happy, maybe it's just that they don't know ... Read more
Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.