This last week has been even more productive than the last, it is Tuesday and I have already done so much. This evening was spent in the Student Union at a ‘mingling event’, getting to know new faces and finding out interesting perspectives on starting up your own business from experienced professionals. Originally just an idea, thrown around the studio, a possibility if we had nothing better to do, and it ended up so much more; a really insightful and enriching couple of hours.
I even asked a question. A seemingly small feat but I am still shrugging off unwanted anxiety. It is so important to be careful when choosing who you surround yourself with, the effects each one has is more prominent than you think. So I asked a question, to Helen from Recycle Scooters, and her answer was really helpful. I asked how, with such a busy schedule and a want to get involved with as many things as possible, she went about choosing when to say no. Her answer was basically that when presented with an opportunity; a conference, networking event, the chance of new/more work etc. you have to consider what you will achieve from going and what you can add to it yourself. Where your expertise might be of use and when they can evolve from going. Sometimes people only want you there to make them look good or to make up numbers, and sometimes you can tell there will not be any enjoyment or use in going. That is when you say no.
One of the designers from The Wonky Chair Co. added to this by saying that sometimes it’s good to have the “fear of missing out”, you never know what you’re going to get out of going to events and networking, get involved in as much as possible. Which is basically what I’m doing. It’s good to get yourself out there, make yourself known, tell your story, it will put you in situations where you can get help if you need it, and also use your expertise and skills to help others. So I am feeling motivated, and awake, and excited to get my teeth into researching and setting up my own business. I’ll get there.
Afterwards I went home, threw on some nicer clothes, fixed my hair and makeup and headed out to photograph a live music event, Nuclear Lullaby in Fuel, a bar in Cardiff. I really love taking part in things like this; it’s like you’re half way in between the crowd and the performers, dancing around in your own little untouchable bubble of space, every step around the space in front of the stage is a step forwards in my professional journey. I’ll upload the photos to my creative blog soon, after editing, but for now I just want to say that I am so pleased I’ve managed to rise past all the clutter at ground level which was holding me back. There are still a few things which need shrugging off and still a long way to go but I am feeling positive, and looking up.
This happened a while ago, but with all the free time I’ve had over the last few weeks I have had the chance to play around with my photos a bit and realise that I don’t think I reacted as much as I should have when this happened.
It was kind of a favour, although I did get paid for the extra time at work, so I don’t class it as a free job (because us little design elves need to value our work more than to give handouts!). Basically I spent a couple of hours before Christmas taking photos of the very festive Rules of Play, the shop I work in when I’m not busting out design assignments at uni or being harassed on the street, and now they’re being used on big scary professional adverts. Go me.
Probably doesn’t seem like a big deal compared to some of the things my fellow student beans are doing but just look at those numbers. Over 16,000 people reached!
I am one happy bunny at the moment.