#CBloggers17: Real Talk

#CBloggers17 day three is a difficult one. So, grab a cuppa and lets get real about the creative industry. 

I have so much love for the industry I’m in and that I get paid everyday to do something I love. However, it is such a tough industry at the same time. Quite a lot of the time, everyone always expects more. It used to be enough to specialise into one area of graphic design but now, most of the time, you have to be master of all. The competition is tough, every year the level of talent increases — which is absolutely amazing. However, it’s quite easy to feel left behind — that you are not good enough. Imposter syndrome sets in. The pressure to know and be able to do everything is very high.

Another topic within the creative industry that is quite often talked about is working for free. The internal struggle between wanting to gain experience but also not wanting to devalue your work by working for free is one that I think all creatives face at some point in their career. As a relatively recent graduate, I have definitely faced this. Getting over that fear of charging what you deserve is something I still struggle with but I feel it's important for both your business and the industry as a whole.  

Such a moan, aren't I? The positives of the industry definitely outweigh the negatives though.

The sense of community and support you get from people within the industry is incredible. The passion that comes from people within the design industry is totally infectious and there is nothing I love more than a good craft beer and some design chat. Also, the fact that I get to be involved in such an exciting, ever-changing industry and create work I love every single day makes me realise how lucky I am! 

The small niggles of the industry are 100% worth all the positives and I wouldn't have it any other way. What do you love / hate about the creative industry? Let me know if you are also taking part in the #CBloggers17 link up, I'd love to read your posts!