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If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Advice for Young Creatives

About this presentation

Never content to accept conventional wisdom, creatives love to learn things the hard way. But is it absolutely necessary? We chatted with a handful of 99U Conference attendees about the things they wished someone had told them when they were just starting out. A shortlist of the takeaways: never sacrifice what you love, find great collaborators and share your ideas, learn how to say no and stay focused, and always, always stick to your guns.

About the participants

The attendees from the 2010 99U Conference who participated in this video are:

Jessica Davenport
Assistant Project Manager, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
www.som.com

Paul Farmer
Creative Director, The Dave Ramsey Show
www.daveramsey.com

Stephanie Gschwendtner
Strategy & Sales, IdeaPaint
www.ideapaint.com

Bill Hampton
EVP Broadcast, The Dave Ramsey Show
www.daveramsey.com

Pablo Melchor
Partner, 101
101.es

Felix Ng
Art Director, Silnt
www.silnt.com

Patrick Robinson
Producer, Grip Limited
www.griplimited.com

Josh Rubin
Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Cool Hunting
www.coolhunting.com

Edwin Tan
Founder & Art Director
UUONN LLP
www.behance.net/uuonn

Rafael Uguina
Partner, 101
101.es

Parris Whittingham
Founder, Parris Whittingham Photography
pswhittingham.com

Bora Yoon
Musician & Sound Designer
www.borayoon.com

Special thanks

This video was made in collaboration with Marissa Shrum and Mother New York.

What about you?

Do YOU have any advice for young creatives that we missed? Please share your own tips and lessons learned in the comments.

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