Wow, I can't believe it's May already, like how did that even happen?! Some of you may not know this about me, but this time last year I was working part-time at a university, trying to juggle a full-time freelance career alongside a 'day job'. 2017 is actually the first year that I have been 100% devoted to my design practice, having only dabbled occasionally in the full-time freelance life prior to this.
In the spirit of full transparency, as I promised would be the way I wrote these Real Talk blog posts, I have to admit that the thought of leaving the comfort of a sensible uni job with great benefits and a regular pay check was super scary. But I knew that I would never be truly satisfied unless I was doing my creative thang full time. As a lot of artists who have experienced similar lifestyles can probably attest to, having a secure day job made me kind of complacent. It was just too cushy of a situation to want to try for anything else. But, as I knew would happen eventually, I reached a breaking point and knew I needed to ditch the day job in order to be truly satisfied in my career (and life!) so I took the plunge. It's now May and despite my initial worries, I haven't starved, haven't been evicted from my home, and am somehow making this work. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised by this, but mostly I just wonder why I didn't do it sooner! I know without a doubt that this was what I am meant to be doing with my life, which feels so good.
Anyway, the reason why I'm telling this long-winded story is because this time last year I was also invited to speak at The Design Conference (formerly Analogue Digital), an inspiring creative conference and accompanying series of workshops/exhibitions/events put on once a year up in Brisbane. The conference is coming up again in a few short weeks and I just watched the video of my talk from last year. Apart from wondering despairingly if my face truly looks like that when I talk, it made me reflect on the year it's been, and how far I've come since then. My presentation at TDC was not only the first time I'd spoken in front of a huge audience (I am talking terrifyingly huge), but also one of the first times I had spoken publicly about all aspects of being a creative person, in particular all those real talk things that a lot of us may feel nervous to admit to, but that every single one of us experiences at some point in our creative journeys.
My talk at TDC 2016 actually inspired and empowered me to be more open about discussing these sorts of things, which in turn led to these Real Talk blog posts!
If you're looking for some fresh inspiration, the wisest real talk from a bunch of talented and experienced creative legends, or just a huge a kick in the ass to get motivated to chase your passion, you should definitely consider attending The Design Conference this year. It's being held from May 24 - 27 at the Brisbane Powerhouse and registrations are closing soon! Head to https://thedesignconference.com.au to find out more and book your place.
In the meantime, here's my video from last year's conference. Apart from the gut-wrenching stage fright I definitely felt empowered by sharing this talk with last year's audience, so I hope that in watching it, it gives you a little inspiration boost and perhaps empowers you to keep doing your thing!