POLY 100 – Students’ FAQ

Students’ FAQs

How to deal with people that are better than me?

There will always be people better than you but this is a good thing. Rather than envying them for their skills, have them teach you what they know. You guys are all on the same team, there is no use comparing yourself to another.

Secondly, you must understand that the only thing you need to be concerned about is yourself and your artwork.

// It is very common to have this feeling. Even I feel that there a lot of people better than me when I was schooling and currently. But we can only work on ourselves. That’s all it matter.

Recommended reading:  In the book, Art & Fear, the author explains the essence of being an artist that will dispel your doubts of this question.

How to make peace with being not good enough?

This is a feeling that will always be there. Even for me, I still feel I am far from where I should be.But I know that if I work hard everyday, one small step everyday, I’ll get there.

// Here is a story for you. I went mountain climbing for a few days and I was approaching the peak, I could see it yet it was so far. I was tired and I was cold. I felt like giving up. But I took one small step each time . Slowly and steadily I planted each step. And before I knew it, I reached the top.

Recommended reading: The first 20 hours — how to learn anything

How do I get better and faster?

Hardwork is a no brainer here, you must be prepared to spare a lot of time to get what you want.

But first, have a goal. You need to know where you want to end up before you can plan the route. Ask the right questions and get the right answers. It is the best way to get to where you want to be.

How can I find time to do the things that I want?

If You Want to do Something, You Will Find a Way. If You Don’t, You Will Find an Excuse.

It is simple as that. There is no magic way or shortcuts that generate time for you. You yourself have to make time to do what you want to. Much like setting aside time for lunch and dinner. Set aside a fixed time for your daily drawing practice or software learning.

Recommended watching How To Multiply Your Time | Rory Vaden | TEDxDouglasville

Rory explains what we know about time management is all wrong. It is all about priorities, important vs urgent, which one goes first. We should ask ourselves the question “What can I do today to make more time for tomorrow” 

I am always tired at the end of the day to do anything. 

You cannot help it if you are tired. This could be affected by your diet, your sleeping hours, your bioclock, exercise,etc.

What I can suggest is to power nap.

// On most days I wake up at 4.30am to do the things I need to do. I am no superhuman and even I feel tired throughout the day. But when I do, I just head for a 30 minutes’ nap. 30 minutes of inactivity, away from people, phone, life. Spend 30 minutes with your eyes closed in a comfortable place and rest.

You might not feel it at the start but when that 30 minutes is over; you will feel better than ever. It doesn’t have to be 30 minutes, even 10 minutes works too. The key here is that you do not have to fall asleep, you just need to rest.

What is the one thing you want students to know?

If you aspire to be a GREAT artist, you need more than just technical skills. You need leadership, good communication skills, foresight, problem solving skills and most importantly you need a plan. What do you want to do ultimately? How can you get there? What skills do you need? What are the resources that you have now? Is there someone that can help me? What is my backup plan? 

Ask yourself the right questions.

Otherwise you are just going end up as a tool , a means to an end for your client. You want to be more than that right?

Recommended readings:

Listen to this audiotrack and you should have ephiphany of a lifetime

This article is about how we should get as good as well can in technical expertise when starting in a career which will give you a boost.

However, it will reach a limit and to get past that limit is through soft skills like leadership, communication, mentoring and so on. A great reminder that we should not aim to just a tool or a means to an end.

Desmond Du

Desmond Du is a Singaporean pursuing a B.F.A in Motion Media Design at SCAD Savannah. He enjoys sharing knowledge with everyone and helping people to do their best in whatever work they are doing. He is also looking for content creators to collaborate with or share their content on nosleepcreative.com.

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