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Imposter Syndrome can be a constant struggle when you choose a creative career path (or any career path for that matter)! Questioning yourself and whether or not you belong in the job you’ve chosen can dramatically affect your work, your productivity and your feeling of self-worth.
One way I've found to combat these down moments of doubt and insecurity is to create a Hype File (shout out to Marie Forelo for this brilliant strategy!).
What is a Hype File, you ask? It's a collection of praise, compliments, affirmations, and encouragement that you've compiled from your friends, colleagues, parents, and strangers on the internet. It's basically your own cheerleading squad full of people who think you're so awesome that they took time out of their day to tell you.
This week we're going to turn our Hype Files into something tangible that you can refer back to when those paralyzing moments of self-doubt creep in.
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Caption Idea: Tell us the story of one of the compliments in your Hype File and why it means so much to you to be recognized for this. (scroll down to see the story behind my artwork!)
Reminder - It’s not arrogant, it’s things other people have said! The more you repeat kind things to yourself the easier it will be to fight off Imposter Syndrome. I've found that it's easier to start with the words of others until you can build up to being your own hype person! *cue air horns*
P.S A little backstory about my artwork this week and how collecting a hype file benefited my career.
Back when I was a lil baby letterer and just starting my first passion project Daily Dishonesty, I was posting my work to Dribbble and something amazing happened...I got this 👇comment from Nick Slater (a verrrrry talented illustrator), which I immediately screenshotted! Here it is:
Having that external validation from someone I admired professionally and being associated with the queen Jessica Hische was the confidence boost I needed as I was beginning my lettering career.
Fast forward 6 years, and I'm not the next Jessica Hische (because she's truly one of a kind!), but I was right next to her speaking at the same design conference in Amsterdam, amongst a host of other incredible creatives.
So, while it may seem a bit awkward or silly to accept praise from others and use that validation to boost your confidence, I'm here to tell you that these small hype nuggets can be incredibly valuable resources! Don't be afraid to use them.