You do you, babe.

Yesterday I attended a session, facilitated by one my lecturers, around how to charge for your services. The services referred to were copy writing, graphic design and other aspects of publishing, however what I learned from this session can in fact be applied universally.

Throughout this session, which covered invoicing, getting clients, appropriate rates for a newbie, payment terms, what to do if you don’t get paid – that kind of thing – I really felt that the message my lecturer was instilling in us was – value yourself.

Whatever it is that you do, whether in a creative field or not, you have a valuable set of abilities and attributes that many do not have. That’s really special. No one else would create exactly what you create.

No one else has your story, your set of experiences, your quirks, your exact taste. You are unique and you have value, what you have to offer has value. The way you treat yourself shows others how they should treat you. If you value yourself, others will see your value. Strive to be your best, and show the world what that looks like. Be proud of it.

I’m reminded of a quote by David Carson, world famous and highly sought after graphic designer who was once sacked because his designs were ‘too radical’. He says “you have to utilize who you are in your work. Nobody else can do that: nobody else can pull from your background, from your parents, your upbringing, your whole life experience.”

Or in other words, as I am sometimes known to say… you do you, babe.

Much love, Carlie xx

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