The motto for the rest of 2016: Be honest about the time you have to spare, and your interest in the work.
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) March 11, 2016
I think it’s so important to be honest about your feelings, with yourself and with others. When I read this Tweet today before heading to the gym, I honestly didn’t think much of it. Yes, I agreed wholeheartedly with its message, but I didn’t think it would mean so much today.
At some point you run out of steam on anything, even things you love. When that time comes, it’s best to take a step back and re-evaluate if it is actually worth your time.
Your time is precious and more importantly it is yours. You are allowed to fill it with whatever you please. This sort of advice really works best for anyone that works freelance or does any commissioned work outside of a day-to-day full time job. When it comes to work, fill it with the things that get you that paper (money), that make you feel fulfilled and like you accomplished something great. Make your time go towards something that will benefit all parties in the end.
Don’t just be a “yes man,” only ever doing what the client asks of you without also sticking up for what’s best for you or the project. Your voice needs to be heard, and if you feel as though any project leaves you feeling used and abused, it’s time to cut it out of your life and move onto projects that revitalize your creativity and spirit as an artist.
When you’re first starting out, it’s important to want to go for a lot and do a lot. And even when you’re more established you definitely don’t want to ignore what learning opportunities may be out there for you. But it’s also okay to recognize if something may not be in your best interest.
Be honest with yourself and with those inquiring if a job is too much, not enough or not the right time. It’s okay to say “no” once in awhile.