Q:is it true that "Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other." (John Steinbeck)? [even if you don't wanna answer, or don't know how to, it's still a nice quote :) ]
I think everybody in the whole damn world is scared of being rejected by each other, more than they are scared of each other.
Q:Hello, I am currently a second year undergrad studying graphic design. I would like to know what work experience you gained from external companies whilst at University yourself whether it be an intern, placement etc and also, how did you promote yourself as a professional creative after graduating?
I am kind of the worst person to answer this question. I lied about going to work experience at uni, and made a fake project to prove that I had been. My course asked us to get work experience outside of our chosen field anyway, because they were “wacky” like that.
I’ve met a lot of people since then who have done internships and work experience, and to be honest I really wish I’d done more. I think it’s definitely valuable to get “real life” experience while you’re at uni, because you can easily forget that real life is going to be there sooner than you think. For a lot of people it’s also a really great foot in the door. I know plenty of people who got their first job as a result of work experience.
There’s a new magazine you should read called intern: intern-mag.com
It’s all about internships in the creative industries. I’ve not read a copy myself, but it looks really nice and I’m sure it’ll have some useful information and opinions in there.
As for promotion, I didn’t really do anything special to promote myself after graduating. I just applied to a load of jobs all over the country and took the one I thought would be best for me.
I sent out my first self-promo as a freelancer last year, which you can see here. I think the best method of self promotion will always be making good work and showing it to people, so that’s what I try to do.
I watched both seasons of House of Cards over the weekend. It was one of those shows that I couldn’t stop watching once I’d started. Kevin Spacey is SO good in it, and I love the segments where he “breaks the fourth wall”. I finished watching it at around 3am last night, and I have a list of quotes to work through.
This is the first of them, and it’s also my first ever attempt at using watercolours. Although it didn’t turn out as watercoloury as I hoped it would, I really enjoyed the process. I plan to paint and try out other different techniques and materials more this year. So expect to see more watercolour pieces in the future.
And definitely expect to see more House of Cards / Frank Underwood quotes.
Q:How successful are your books? Do you self publish? If not how did you get your book deal? One last question, are sales of your books higher online or through traditional book stores?
I keep meaning to write more posts about this, because I get asked about book deals and things a lot. So I’ll do that at some point. But for now, here goes…
I have no idea how “successful” my books are, mainly because I’m not sure what a successful book is. That depends on what you’re using to measure success, and who is in charge of the measuring tape.
For me the major success is that I have books out there in the first place. I’m not even close to being rich from my books and I never will be. But I never really thought of money as success anyway. I am very aware of how important money is, and how much I need of it to exist. But having a lot of money has never been a goal of mine. As long as I have enough money to have “everything I need and a few of the things I want” I’m all good. I do make money from my books of course, but I’m sure it is much less than a lot of you imagine.
I know this will sound like bullshit, but another big success for me is getting emails from people who have bought my books. I get a lot of messages from people about them, and each new one is still an amazing and humbling experience. It’s a massive success to me that anyone chooses one of my books from the hundreds of millions they could have chosen. When they take the time to email me about it afterwards it blows my mind.
I haven’t self published a book yet. But I’m thinking about self-publishing Quoteskine Volume 2 at some point, so we’ll see how that goes. My first book was published by a UK publisher called Carpet Bombing Culture, and my second book was published by Perigee Books, which is an imprint of Penguin USA.
Both times I was approached by the publisher, which some people would consider being lucky. But I really do believe that you make your own luck. On an extremely basic level, the thing that got me both book deals was making stuff and showing it to people. Obviously that’s a massive simplification and I did lots of other things too, but I’m trying to keep this answer short. So I’ll write some more in depth posts about things like this in the next few weeks.
As for online vs traditional stores, I don’t have any concrete numbers. But I would take a guess that my books sell better online.
Q:You're not insignificant ok.
I wasn’t being melancholic, we are all insignificant.
We are tiny little specks, on a tiny little rock, hurtling through an unimaginably vast universe.
That’s insignificance, and it’s beautiful.
Q:How would you explain your basic life philosophy?
Insignificance is bliss.
Q:what are your favorite books? what are you reading right now?
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