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