Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
I was told by a creative recruiter it would be nearly impossible for me to land a job at an agency and by another that someone would have to die (in an agency) before I got hired.
Really motivating stuff. :-)
A while back I received the best email ever. A creative recruiter from one of my favorite agencies reached out and invited me to come in and share my work. Words can’t describe how excited I was. As soon as we set up a time and date to meet I worked feverishly to make sure my book was perfect to show. The morning of our meeting I get an email from the recruiter asking if we could reschedule. I understand that things happen so I emailed back and suggested a few other dates to meet.
I never heard back from her again.
I got the best rejection email ever. It was like most responses (at first):
Thank you for your interest. BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAHBLAH BLAH BLAH. We don’t have a right fit for you at the time. BLAH BLAHBLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH. We’ll keep you in mind is something comes up. BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH.
(Here’s where it got awesome)
He ended by wishing me a good lunch. You know what? F my job search, but I think I will go have a good lunch.
Thank you for that.