Fake it 'til
you make it
24 April 2019
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Being in the creative industry is tough. It doesn't come with a warning label or a manual. It's unrelenting because it's not only about getting the job done, it's also about being your best creative self in an industry full of amazing creatives.

As a designer, you want to produce the best work you possibly can and be proud of the end result. But making beautiful work often comes with the ugly companions of self-doubt and uncertainty. Accept that you're sure to make mistakes, and make up your mind to learn from them. The worst thing you can do is let them batter your ego and self-worth.

I recommend faking it 'til you make it - it's a slogan that has got me this far. Exposing your underbelly with an exhibition of low confidence will make you easy prey for the big dogs out there. If you lack confidence or are insecure about your talents, don't show it, just fake it 'til you make it.

It's so easy to lose confidence when your passion is on the line. Not knowing what you are doing and where you are going is all part of the design process. It took me a while, but I've learned that in order to become a good designer, sometimes you have to pretend to have the qualities you desire. Giving in to your anxieties and fears will only hinder you on the path to success.

So ask for advice whenever you can, and give it to those who need it. Accept criticism as constructive and don't be afraid to use it to your advantage (your doubters will hate you for it, but your peers will respect you). Never give in to fear and doubt, face them square on and pull the proverbial finger at them.

By Amy Parker
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