Will your creative career survive this?

“I’m sorry you lost your job.”

This is a real thing that is happening right now. I had this conversation with a friend of mine this morning.

My friend is feeling disconnected. Burned by his work for over a decade, sadness over the loss of colleagues and uncertain about his future. Any one of us would be feeling this way in his position.

Many of us are rehearsing these feelings incase it happens to us.

Anxiety. Loneliness. Fear. These feelings are valid.

Here’s what I said to him…

It’s ok to feel that way right now. There is nothing wrong with you. This is the messy bit. Eventually, things will be ok. But it’s not right now and that’s ok.

You’re allowed to feel. You’re supposed to ask difficult questions in response to these uncomfortable circumstances. In those questions you will find the new truth.

But it still hurts.

I was reading this morning about the way creative people turn adversity into advantage:

“It’s important to note that sadness, grief, anger and anxiety, of course, are common responses to trauma and [post-traumatic] growth generally occurs alongside these challenging emotions – not in place of them.”

~ Scott Barry Kaufman

I love that, growth occurs alongside messy emotions.

Do you feel pressure to be doing the pandemic perfectly?

Do you feel guilty for feeling ripped off and uncertain right now because someone else in the world is doing it worse than you?

Has this undermined your confidence to ask for payment for your creative work?

Your creativity is a gift.

There has always been some risk. There has always been some uncertainty in this life. That’s how we know what’s important. I love this analogy from James Patterson:

“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”

The career ball bounces.

If you’re a creative graphic designer, I’m here to help make sure your career ball bounces back quickly. Maybe you’ve lost your job. Maybe you’re worried you are about to be let go. Maybe you are just starting out and getting a permanent position isn’t an options right now.

I’m running a free weekly Masterclass Series in April. Freelance Fundamentals: Becoming a financially flourishing creative even in a challenging economy.

We’ll be looking at:
* the secret to attracting clients who can’t wait to pay you
* creating a win-win-win so your clients know just how valuable you are
* becoming the best boss you’ve ever had: maintaining healthy productivity from home during self-isolation
* simplifying contracts, finances and support so you can spend more time in your creative genius zone

Invest in your career resilience now by attending. We start on Tuesday 9am NZT. Drop 🙋‍♀️ below for the link.

Be brave and curious,
Hannah


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Published by hanfitz.creates

I'm Hannah, a business coach for creative professionals. The world needs creativity and innovation: this is how we progress as humans. But, the creative journey is paved with challenges: we're told the story of the starving artist since we're children, our brain is hard wired to resist anything new (like creative ideas), we doubt our ability and worthiness to succeed and we crush our ingenuity with judgement and comparison. Yet, we know our purpose is to create. I help visual artists, designers and illustrators bridge this gap with my uniquely curated knowledge and experience of graphic design, finance, human behaviour and neuroscience. You have invested time and resources into their technical skill; now, it's time to invest in your mindset and strategy. After working with me, you can confidently communicate the value of your work, attract clients and charge what you're worth through multiple income streams. This frees up more time and energy to do what you're best at: create.

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