“If there’s one thing I’ve learned… post graduation was gross, to put it eloquently. I’d be scrolling Instagram and think – “There’s so many talented people out there, what do I add?”

“For those thrown out of full time education – starting out in the creative industry and finding it hard to make work – it’s like learning to run. When your foot first hits the pavement, your lungs are on fire. Your hair sticks to your face. Grandpas keep overtaking you. But if you don’t give up – keep going for 5 more minutes, and another 5. The more you do it, the better you are. Or so I’ve heard. I don’t run.”

“Lesson is, through the confusing metaphors. Don’t let your anxiety get the best of you or stop you from creating.”

“As long as you remember how much you enjoy your work, it’s all worthwhile. It’s ok if your lungs are on fire, it’s only for 5 more minutes.”

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