The BEST Career Advice Ever

part 2 of The Worst Advice Ever

It’s safe to say I’ve been given many tips throughout my time of doing anything creative. Most are good, some are great, and very, very few are life-altering. Now, I’m not changing the way I live because of anything someone has said to me but there is definitely a change in perspective.

Though, a change in perspective is all it may take to slightly skew the way you work, deal with stress, or approach your career. In this case, it’s all 3.

So, what is the best design advice I’ve ever heard?

 

 

Create if you’re tired and dry. Create badly. Just create.

 

 

That’s some pretty basic advice, man. Yeah, I know. Maybe that’s why it’s so perfect.

From Alex Mathers’ article, “Shitty Work” -

“If you write, write absolute tripe for a good ten minutes, on purpose, and do it quickly.

If you design logos, make really bad sketches, but make a lot of them. Fill three pages of your sketchbook with awful, embarrassing scrawlings and go fast.

If you paint, throw on some music, take out a brush and your favourite colour, and very conscientiously, lose your mind.

If you take pictures. Get your camera, take your marks, get set, and run around your block taking the worst pictures you can muster the courage to bring into existence.

You did it.

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The Best Career Advice Ever

And that's the point. You did it when you weren't feeling it. Often, we get wrapped up in designs and pictures and words that need to be perfect so we stop ourselves from creating when that very work could have been something amazing. No one is perfect and well-composed at all times so why should you expect your work to be?

Creating just to create is probably the least stressful way to approach any creative career. It’s just doing. It’s not meeting standards and expectations.

Remember in grade school when your only writing prompt was to write for (x) amount of minutes without stopping? Come on, now! Teachers knew what they were doing. Besides actually learning the mechanics of pencil in hand scribbling on paper, the rhythm of constant writing further developed learning the skill.

@@There is value in repetition. Just create.@@

Record.
Build.
Design.
Act.
Take pictures.
Compose.
Write.
Film.
Invent.
Paint.
Direct.
Edit.
Create.

Just get out there and do it.