Starting off as a designer may be a minefield. New designers face plenty of obstacles in an increasingly competitive profession, from preparing portfolios to negotiating pay. They start working non-stop for long hours if they are not able to reach the desired output. Let me make it clear long hours don’t make you a better creative. Want to know why?
To be clear, working long hours does not make you a better creative. It does not increase your dedication. Above all, it does not motivate you to do better work.
That unfinished work keeps you up all night. It will take a fraction of the time when you are up the next morning. Remember, it’s your job that needs to impress people, not how many hours you’re in the workplace. Always remember it is a job and treat it as one.
Things Creative People Require Nowadays
Creating a strong portfolio without going mad comes down to two things:
- Creating a Deadline
Set a deadline and stick to it. And not a hazy deadline like “sometime in the next six months,” but a specific date by which the work will be completed. Final. Complete. Concluded. Next, disclose this deadline to your friends, family, peers, and social media trolls so that there is responsibility and fear of public humiliation if you miss it.
- Have a clear goal
Second, set a specific goal for your portfolio and stick to it. If you want to work at FIFA as a game designer, you should concentrate on game design and everything that implies. It’s hardly rocket science, but you’d be surprised how many portfolios include everything but the main goal. In short: Edit, edit, edit, then edit some more until you are left with a single specific niche.
Negotiating is a skill that not all possess from the start. We have to develop this skill over time. Money and negotiation know-how is a skill that every individual should learn nowadays. Even if you are a designer or a creative person, if you want to make money you need to learn this skill. At the end of the day, you are selling a service or product in the form of your artwork.
Do your research before beginning a negotiation. Conduct an extensive study on similar rates/salaries, especially if you’re negotiating with a client in a different city or country. Make sure you are making offers and negotiating knowing the exchange rates or the conversion rate in the currency.
Once you’ve decided what you want, explain your expectations clearly so that you and the other person are on the same page. When in doubt, go for the highball.
When discussing a wage with a firm (especially a large one), always add 20% to 25% to whatever the very minimum you are prepared to take. Negotiating, at the risk of sounding like the ever-colorful author of The Art Of The Deal, is merely a component of the recruiting process. Remember that the prospective employer or client on the other side of the table has already factored in a round of bargaining.
Side hustles centered on creative play are essential for remaining artistically fresh. It aids in offering a mental break from the routine of day-to-day design work.
When we operate on the boundaries of our comfort zone, we produce the finest creative work. We eventually slip back into a routine in a job – any job – over time. As a result, the labor is exhausting and uninspiring. Change compels us to leave our comfort zone. It makes us feel uneasy. But here’s the thing: Change also drives us to do unexpected things. It enables us to do things we never thought possible.