Last Wednesday, I went to a lecture hosted by Peter Morgan and Adam Hinterlang that was titled, “What not to do?”
They discussed and gave out quite a bit of advice for upcoming artists, and explained how they made it to where they are. While I am not going to have the same art focus as them, this advice is general enough that you could apply it to any form of art or part of your life.
The first major idea that really stuck with me was when they spoke of following through with your ideas. Basically, don’t be a quitter and finish your projects no matter how long it takes. Finished pieces speak volumes more than unfinished pieces, and the amount of experience you gain from finishing projects is worth that much more.
Another piece of advice that they talked about is being prepared for your presentations. Nothing is worse than arriving at your presentation and then your files are not transferable or you mess up completely in front of everyone. For some people, that is their first impression of you and that is how they will remember you from their after. This is why it is so important to prepare and practice your presentation as you want to convey your ideas effectively and leave a good impression of yourself for others.
Speaking of leaving a good impression, another tip given at the lecture was don’t be the “drunk” guy. Basically, they were saying that you should try to keep your reputation solid and good as you don’t want to be known as “that” guy. People might not want to work with your if all they have heard about you are bad things.
Along with keeping your reputation good, they spoke about how important it is to keep an open mind. Listen to others and try to understand where they are coming from as you would want others to do the same for you. Plus, with an open mind you get many more opportunities to learn and build connections that may help you in the future.
All in all, the main message from the lecture was just be a decent person. Don’t be a jerk who treats others like dirt. In return, others will have a more positive opinion of you, which can help in the long run. Positive opinions help boost your reputation, connections and support. People will be more willing to work with you and may influence others to seek your work as well. While these tips all were meant for looking at in the artist world, they can be applied to many different aspects of your life. In the end, I want to thank Peter Morgan and Adam Hinterlang for a great presentation and some great advice