CIU111.3: Balancing Your Passion Alongside Work


Anyone in the creative media industry knows the difficulty in building a successful career in an industry where you have to sell your talent. Creators have to ordeal a number of sacrifices and hurdles; one being the financial struggles dealt by majority of creative individuals to be able to fund their craft as well as the difficulty in publishing outstanding work that is sure to reel in attention. The enemy? Time.

There are a few individuals who are lucky enough to turn their passion into a career from the start, but there are some who need to work jobs for income in order to fund their passion. If you are someone aiming to work in the creative media industry, you would know how long it takes to work on projects as only with enough time can quality of the work created can be retained and when time is not on our side, we tend to lose the quality of our work.


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To bring balance, there are a few baby steps to help you achieve a more balanced work and passion ratio, starting with reflecting on your lifestyle and the commitment towards your passion. A lot of people who have compromised their passions for a secure job end up feeling frustrated in the long run. (Shyam, 2012) Once you realise that you are willing to commit, then you move onto organization. Allocate a time slot to working on your passion by creating a to-do list and nurture your passion by grabbing opportunities to help be on the radar. This slowly helps you prioritize your passion more, and you will soon see results from such changes in your lifestyle. “If you listen for it, it will speak; and if you nurture that passion, it will grow.” (Woehler, 2015)




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CIU111.3: Graphic Design: 2 Reasons Why Collaborating Is Great


They say that it is important to be a team player. If you ever want to learn to enhance your creativity and skills as a creator, you have to understand the importance of collaboration. It is the act of working with others to create anything, allowing yourself to be influenced by the ideas and visions of others. (Staff, 2013)

Within the graphic design industry, collaborations are quite common. Often, it is the case that designers work with other professional designers, or people within their workplace but some designers, usually freelancers do collaborate with their fans too.

“Over so many years we’ve witnessed groundbreaking collaborative campaigns that merged mutually exclusive skills because collaboration ignites creativity.” (Staff, 2013) But how exactly does working with other individuals affect the quality and performance of your design?


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When you involve more people, you are automatically open to feedback

The purpose of graphic design is to convey a message and grasp the attention of the public. Sometimes, a sole designer may not be able to view their design from all perspectives or notice the little errors, which is where feedback plays its role. However, when collaborating with other designers, you are open to different views and you get a gist of how others might view the design. And team feedback is generally more genuine as they are all committed to the same project.

More designers, more ideas- a greater learning experience

Having the ability to generate new ideas and a good creativity flow is a must as a designer. But there are always situations where your ideas are weak. This is where collaborating comes in, collaborating allows the other designers you work with to share their ideas which in turn can enhance your design.




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CIU111.3: Does Criticism Affect the Popularity of Music?


Constructive criticism is the judgment of a piece of work where various factors are elaborated on, usually made with the intention to be helpful to the creator of said work. (CambridgeDictionary, n.d.) It is usually given by critics, considered to be experts in the same field of the work, and also in recent times by enthusiasts on various platforms in the form of reviews, which has led both words to merge into one.

In music, despite criticism being fundamental, may not be necessary.  During a lecture, the audio students mentioned how criticism on music after its release, does not matter. I may not be an audio expert, but I do agree with them. Music is an art form that heavily incorporates the use of certain elements to manipulate emotion. (Ahtisaari & Karanam, 2015) It affects the message and vibe given through. But the overall popularity of a song impacted by the decisions made during the making of a song? Not necessarily.

Take Black Sabbath for example. Reactions to their debut self-titled album in 1970 were negative. Critics with the likes of legendary rock critic Lester Bangswere were confused by the their shockingly heavy sound and ghoulish lyrics but despite that “…Sabbath would top their debut in mere months with the juggernaut LP Paranoid, their first record would still go down in rock history as one of heavy metal’s first essential records.” (Wojtas, n.d.)


Fig 1. Black Sabbath (1970) by Black Sabbath

At the end of the day, the popularity of music depends on the public’s appreciation. A negative critique could possibly affect the opinions of clueless listeners but it will not change the minds of individuals that have already listened. If the song brings about an emotion that people enjoy experiencing, they will listen regardless of what others say.




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CIU111.3: Understanding The Fear Of Social Media For The Sake Of Your Career


Social media has grown to become a powerful element that is so heavily incorporated into modern day living, that it strongly impacts the way the world functions. Since it has such a grasp on people, it affects the way consumers interact with brands, leading these entities to hop on the bandwagon and become more tech savvy by turning to social media to reach out to their target audience.

As a graphic design student, I recall a discussion had during a lecture, about of the importance of putting ourselves out on social media to grab attention; especially as individuals in the creative media industry. I lack interest in social media and have a fear of drawing attention so this idea was hard to digest as I know the statement is true. Social media anxiety is common and there are numerous reasons for so; fear of judgement, stolen work, attention and more. (Kruse Control Inc, 2016) I do want a successful career, but to help aid that goal I need to overcome this fear by acknowledging the problem and acting accordingly.

According to Harshil Patel, when discussing his fear of judgement on social media, he elaborates on how you can overcome this fear by deriving your focus from “What will people think about me?” to “How can I say my message in the most clear and concise way possible?” (Patel, 2016).

Harshil Patel: How I overcame Social Media Anxiety

Each fear is dealt with differently. They can be dealt with in similar fashion but in relation to their origin. However, the most simple and common steps taken, regardless of your fear, are to change your mindset, have a strategy,  master your tools and resources, and stay consistent with practice- which in time does make it easier to handle your online persona. (Edwards, 2017)




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