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Previous Entry On Expectations May. 25th, 2011 @ 12:50 pm
I've just been hired as a caricature artist for Six Flags, I start sometime next week. I finally, after an exhaustive search found employment, whether it will be gainful is yet to be discovered. All my friends and family are extremely happy for me and can't wait to see me get to get paid for my art after all these years, even in these circumstances. And the funny part is I'm just terrified, I know, KNOW that even after a whole week of training my stuff is not likely to be purchased for 20 bucks a pop by tourists. I'm not going to give anything but my best but I'm fully expecting to have to explain to everybody I know in a few weeks time why I've started filling out applications again.

I've mentioned this to a few people and they just laugh it off and tell me I'm being ridiculous, and I've heard the term "self fulfilling prophecy" a few times, but I really don't think I'm going to be able to make sellable drawings in less than 3 minutes. And there's nobody to talk to it about because every single person is so sure it'll be awesome dipped in sauce. I'm glad to see so many people believing in me but it's gonna suck having to let them down, and the build up until that point is just me trying not to have a panic attack.

Also, the commute is absolute shit.
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Date:May 25th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
Some good advice I read from a designer was "Fake it until you make it." I've been flying on that one at my current job. I don't have the best confidence all the time either, but the dude is paying me to make designs for him so joke's on him I guess.

It is a self-fulfilling prophecy if you look like a kicked puppy and say your work isn't good enough. Nobody wants "not good enough" on their walls. Just remember that most of your clients are not going to be art directors, they're going to be laypeople out having fun for the day, and you're offering a personalized memento of that day. It doesn't have to be worthy of the Louvre :P
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