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Career Day, Random Emails, and Perfect Timing

A few weeks ago, I was offered the opportunity to speak at Career Day at Nimitz 9th Grade, and I was super pumped. I only had one small problem. I had no idea what to say, and I had very little spare time to figure it out.

Since making the decision to jump full-time into freelancing, I’ve developed a pretty strict routine to get my days started off right and manage my time as best as possible. One part of my newfound routine is to wake up every morning at 5:00am without hitting the snooze button, and then I go play for an hour and a half. I write, I draw, I invent clients and projects – basically I do whatever I want answering only to myself.

One rule to this time is I don’t allow myself to check my emails or do any real business until I’m done playing. Priorities, right? As I sit down at my desk and wake up iMacximus Prime, my Gmail happens to be open, and I can’t help but steal a glance. I see this. Staring at me. And for some reason, I can’t help myself. I break my own rules and read the email.

Jacob Hickmott screenshot

Hey Anthony,

My name is Jacob Hickmott, I live in New Zealand.

This year I am taking a course at Uni which will lead into a career in design, illustration and animation. I was just wondering what advice you might give to a young lad such as myself. I have seen some of your work on Matt Austin's Facebook page and its incredibly effective. Any advice or tips would be much appreciated.

Thanks Heaps

I read the email 2-3 times, and sat for a second in gratitude. I’m not sure what came over me, but I started typing faster and more fluently than usual.

“Hey Jacob,

Thanks for reaching out! I wish I‘d done what you’re doing when I first got started. Might’ve saved me from learning some lessons the hard way! I’ve got a few things I think might help.”

I typed non-stop for about 30 minutes or so, and before I knew it, not only did I have a substantial reply to such a humbling request, I also had a little foundation on which to build my Career Day presentation! Woop Woop! Thanks, Jacob.

What followed were 11 little tips with a brief explanation/example that I wish I’d known when I first started.

As if that weren’t enough, after hitting send it dawned on me, if he wanted to know this stuff as a beginner and I wish I did too, there are probably others. I should make this a series of blogs, each one expanding on what I told him. And boom. Here it is. Well, not actually here here, but the rest will be coming soon on the blog. Here’s the first tip I shared with him.

Anthony Gorrity
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