"Creatives that pursue art school grow up thinking they’re unique and extremely talented. Art school slaps you back into reality because you are thrust in a room of 25 kids exactly like you. Equally as talented or often times better. And these are the same people that you’ll be competing for in the job market. I say skip the line and jump into the industry as soon as possible, even if it’s the lowest rung position. Learn at home. Learn to sell your work. Constantly practice your craft. Be a lifelong student. You’ll be 4 years ahead of the pack in terms of experience. But the biggest advantage is you won’t have $100k worth of student debt."
I recently did an interview for On The Cusp, a Bay Area based group highlighting some great artists and designers.
In the talk with Shona, I tell him the story about my work and interest in design and crush every art school hopeful’s dreams for their own good.
Yesterday while registering an account with a vendor, I listed my occupation as designer.
"How many employees does the company have?" She asked.
"Just me. It’s my company."
"Well you aren’t the designer you are the CEO! The founder. I’m going to put that down. CEO FOUNDER. You’re not just the designer. Own that!"
The lesson: You are your own worst enemy.
"We’d been having a sort of tacit conversation about it for a couple years. Then one day, his sister, who already knew, was teasing him about having a crush on a boy at school. And I heard him say: ‘Well, maybe it’s true!’ So I said: ‘Son, we’ve never really talked about this. Are you gay?’ And even though he was 6’4”, he came over to me, curled up in my lap and just sobbed and sobbed. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life, actually.”
Super duper touching whenever people say/text these things to me ❤️️(via alyssawaitforit)
The sun isn’t bright just because I say it is. It just is. It was bright before I even knew the word for bright. I didn’t decide what it is, I acknowledged what it is.
You aren’t worth something just because I say you are. You just are. You were worth something before I even said anything. I didn’t decide that you are, I acknowledged that you are.
This is what I mean when I say “You are worth it.”
While being angry is a valid emotional response:
- Anger is not a free pass to do whatever you want.
- Anger is not an excuse for damaging, or abusive behavior.
- Anger is not protection from repercussions of that behavior.
You are accountable for what you do, even while angry.