Three rungs on the creative ladder of success

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Climbing the ladder of success in the creative industry  can be a tricky journey. In February, I visited WONGDOODY, a creative agency in Seattle, Washington where I asked Shaun Moshay, an account director at WONGDOODY, what three attributes I should possess if I wanted have his job some day. More or less, this is what he told me: Rung #1. Demonstrate Writing Skills. Working at a creative agency doesn’t mean just designing or simply brainstorming all day. It involves writing emails, giving

Why failure is a good thing in the creative business

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Failure. It’s something we are all afraid of. It can, however, be an effective tool in helping you progress quickly in the creative industry. The following article will teach you why failure is not something you should fear, but something you should cherish. Some clarification Before really diving in, let me make one thing clear: Failure is a good thing as long as you keep trying. Once you let failure overcome you to the point where you quit, then it

25 Attributes employers look for when hiring creative people

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Recently I have written a lot of articles about the various creative agencies I visited in Seattle, Washington.  At each agency, I asked the creative professionals which attributes they considered vital for someone in a creative profession. Below is a list of the wide variety of answers I received. 25 Attributes and Abilities all creative professionals should possess. (in no particular order) Weber Shandwick 1.    Be motivated and eager to learn 2.    Be Organized

The ideal creative professional – Are you one?

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The ideal creative professional = General Education + Professional Education I recently had the privilege of meeting with Jim Copacino, cofounder of Copacino + Fujikado, a world-class advertising agency in Seattle, Washington.  Upon asking him what attributes he considered to be most important, he said to be equally educated both generally and professionally. Where professional education and general education meet, creatives flourish. This article will teach you what General and Professional Education are and why it is important to get

What professionals look for in a creative portfolio

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I recently had a chance to meet with Ramon Vasquez, one of the lead designers at Creature, a world-class creative boutique and advertising agency based out of Seattle, Washington. He mentioned that he had received three creative portfolios that day and only liked the work found in one of them. He showed me the portfolio and I asked why it was so much better than the other two. The secret, he said in essence, is to show a complete creative

10 steps to becoming a successful freelance designer

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Let’s face it. There are a lot of us out there: freelance designers trying to make a dollar and gain experience at the same time.  Freelance designing is wonderful but the market is so saturated that we often lack what we need to stand out from the crowd. Below you will find 10 tips on becoming a successful freelance designer. 1.    Brand yourself. Nearly any company or organization falls apart without an established style. Without a impressive personalized logo you

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