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  • 5 Things I've learnt so far

    Lessons I learned from my past (creative.) First, never give up. You must remember no one is going to give you anything in your life. Because it's your life, not theirs. We all have a friend that says negative words to you. Those words start living in your head and you start asking yourself "am I good enough?", "I suck at this", or "I will never make it". That friend is also one of the biggest motivational factors you need because when you doubt yourself that's when you push to prove yourselves wrong. This friend we all have in common is doubt. It's a friend we never asked for, but need to push past the fear. Michael Jordan once said, "Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” We indeed made up these so-called fears, they never existed until we thought them. So why not think positive and believe in yourself that you will make it. Second, it's okay to take breaks. Don't push yourself so much that you burn out. We're humans and rest is needed for us to charge up. Often we feel like we can do more today, and 9 times out of 10 that's true. In those moments yes work and stay focused. But listen to your body and mind by learning when to rest, and when you need to start the engine again. Third, learn from your creative role models. Understand why they succeeded and learn from their mistakes. A lot of our work is influenced by their work. The important part is not to indulge just dabble from their work, but expand and create something better that suits your artistic skills. Now, don't measure your success based on your role models. Doing this will diminish your path to greatness. Understand we're all different people, with very different skill sets. So be patient with yourselves because you will make it. Fourth, stay humble and help others. Life is short and it's the little things that count. Understanding a new generation is coming, and they will go through the same trials and tribulations as you once did. You were once a rookie and now you're a veteran, so passed down that wisdom. Always remember where you started, and how far you've come. Remembering when a goal is achieved to think back to when you first wrote down those goals, and the desire you had to achieve them. Fifth, practice every day at bettering your craft. We have 24 hours in a day to do what we love. Take advantage of the day before it takes advantage of you. Keep working, keep chasing and never stop asking questions on how to improve your craft. I know life can be crazy and you don't have time to do what you love every day, but if you can take out 5 minutes in a day to learn or sketch something that can go a long way. In summary, we all learn from others but most importantly from ourselves. Step back and reflect on your actions, words and thoughts. Question how will this help you achieve your desired outcomes. After you graduated from school or start living on your own, you never stop learning or growing. Every day is a test on how you can get better at what you love.

  • Advice for your younger self

    We sat down with Camyl Buenaventura (Artist) and talked about growth. A conversation about growth through the eyes of a freelance director, filmmaker and animator. Question What 5 tips would you give to your younger self? Camyl Buenaventura First, keep going and don't give up because there's a lot of things in life that you will face. You have to just keep going because no matter how big your dreams are, you're going to get there no matter what happens if you never give up. The second one, you are good enough and everything you need, you already have. So, utilize everything that you have in the moment or what you have now, and you'll get anywhere you want to get to. It's very important to remind yourself that you have everything you need to get where you want to be. Third, to balance life and to love yourself, take breaks. Definitely rest when you need to. As the saying goes, it's not a race, it's a marathon. You have to take breaks and balance your whole life. Also, use your energy wisely. We have X amount of energy in a day, so you have to question will this benefit us today? Because we don't have enough time left in the day for us, and now I don't have time to rest. So, use your energy wisely. Fourth is your dreams are never too big, they're not too big for you to reach. I think it's a good thing when you're scared of your dreams because the higher you aim, the further you go. No matter how big your dreams are, you still end up getting closer to them. As long as you're working towards them every day, by doing your best, you're doing great. The last one, talk to your parents every day because we forget that when we're growing up, they're also growing old. Because we're so busy with life and caught up in work that we forget to call our parents or even family. Question What are 3 things you do to help develop who you are? As a creative, I always tell myself to learn something new every day. You'll never know everything and that's okay. You will learn a lot of things, but I think the person who thinks they know everything never really learns anymore. I think in order to grow, you must keep learning and know that you will never know everything. The moment you accept that is the moment, where I think you are the closest to knowing a lot because that's when you humble yourself. The second is to accept to let things go that are no longer of use to your growth. Sometimes you keep people and things in your life that are toxic to you, and it prohibits you from growing faster than you should. The last one would be to listen. So many people love talking, and so many people don't know how to listen, but when you listen and when you listen to others this helps you learn something even about yourself. It's a really good quality when somebody is a good listener. That's an essential thing to developing yourself because you learn a lot of things when you listen. Question What are 3 things you do that help improve yourself? One always help others. I was starting out once and I wouldn't be where I am today without the people that have helped me. Usually, when you help other people you learn more things and improve yourself as an artist and as a teacher. Second, keep practicing your craft. You're never going to be perfect at anything, but you can always practice and come close to it. There's a lot of things out there now that you could use. Anything that you want to practice or learn? You can just watch it on YouTube. There's no excuse for you anymore to not practice or learn anything, all the resources are available out there in front of you. So keep practicing your craft. Third, always be humble. No matter where you are in your career, even though you've reached a certain goal. Being humble is always a good thing. You also once were where all these kids now are starting out. I always feel for the people who are just starting out, and I think that humbles me. I think that helps with improving myself because no matter how big I get or how far I get, I'm always going to remember where I came from. In summary, we learn a lot by pushing ourselves when doubt motivates us. Understanding what we have right now can help us achieve our goals. Remembering to help others, staying humble and going outside the box of doubt to achieve our dreams. You can view Camyl's work on her website or Instagram.

  • Importance of balancing the connection with yourself

    We sat down with Mykah Czarina (Artist) and talked about growth. A conversation about growth through the mind of an artist. Question What 5 tips would you give to your younger self? Mykah Czarina First, one would be trust the process. I feel like especially in North America, we're always trying to rush, rush, rush, and get. This perceived finish line or ahead of the line in some way, but in reality, you know, that's always moving, evolving, and changing. And so the best way is to just trust the process and just keep going. The second thing is to make sure to go to therapy, heal some of those wounds and take care of yourself. Again, I think our society really doesn't focus on that enough, but you can only be productive and specifically creative. I think when you're in a space cultivated for that. The third thing would be, don't take yourself too seriously. Have fun with it. I think that contributes to being more creative. Sometimes when you're trying to be too cool, you freeze up. Keeping that childlike wonder or interest and just letting yourself be like a mess helps some cool stuff come out of that. The fourth would be to try and connect or build a community. I think that's really important. It gives you a lot of different perspectives and you know, sometimes when you need that extra little push your friends have your back. Giving you some positivity when you can't do it for yourself. So I think that's really important and it's really cool to just be yourself, grow with others. And it's an easy way to get inspiration. The fifth one, stick to the daily practice. I know sometimes it's really annoying. You give yourself such a hard time when you're like, oh man, I'm not, doing the thing that I said I was gonna do. That's okay. Being forgiving of yourself first so that you can actually get over it easier and do it again, day to day is very important having that consistency. Question What are 3 things you do to help develop who you are? One of the things I learned is really to appreciate the downtime and let my palate in my head clear up. We're just so filled with so much information, so much social media, and we're always trying to learn and we're obsessed with learning and growing. When you step out again, you kind of see things in a new way. And some things that you've been like forcing to clear up, just kind of clear up on its own. Your brain is doing its thing and making its own connections. Second I try to look at stuff outside of what I'm currently working at. I'm generally creative, but right now for money, I do illustrations. So I try to take inspiration from other things and mish-mash stuff together so that you can find your own stamp and your own unique way of representing what it is you want to represent. The third, a lot of self-inquiry as well. So journaling, stretching and meditating and asking where am I at now? What do I need to accept about myself? What do I need to let go of? Question What are 3 things you do that help improve yourself? Health is really, really important because you can't do anything else when your body isn't functioning well. Keeping an open mind and trying to find the balance between hearing out the people that are trying to help you, and mentoring you. But also being able to know when you have to keep your foot on the ground and say no, this is what it needs to be. Welcome new challenges. That one's really hard because it's easy to become comfy. A job comes to you where you question yourself. But have faith that you are going to figure it out and handle it. Not shying away from the challenges and taking those opportunities as a thing to learn and another box to check off, giving yourself more confidence. In summary, connecting with yourself by learning, talking to others and taking time off can help clear the palette of thoughts we have. By letting our minds take its natural course and creating space for the new challenges we face as artist. You can view Mykah's work here.

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