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Well the aim of doing this every month has and well and truly died. RIP monthly blog posts. We hardly knew thee.

Anyway so I edited highlights of Emma Radacanu making history and winning the US Open 2021. So there was that. There was also that time I edited for NVIDIA; YouTube; Verizon; Jack Morton; Brave Bison; and Canon in the last two months too.

The reason for the tone of this post is simple. A year ago I was sacked from a low-level Sports organisation for, “creative differences”, would be the mild way of putting it.

In the week that followed I genuinely considered whether I should carry on with this line of work. A new career genuinely seemed like a possibility as the knock to my confidence seemed insurmountable. Going back and forth with myself as to what the REAL reason for my sacking actually occupied my thoughts constantly.

Less than a week later I was offered to produce a creative ad project and the biggest freelance opportunity in my entire career. It had been ten years since I had last registered as Self-Employed and frankly didn’t even consider it a possibility in the post-sacking week. “Get this right and this could be the career re-start you need” I started to think.

Fortunately that project exceeded all parties expectations and my After Effects skill improved more in a month than they had in the previous 5 years.

It was at this point where I thought “How did you ever let your confidence be knocked by THEM?”.

See what I have come to realise over the last 9 months working with some of the world’s leading brands and agencies is that when you work with real creative professionals (rather than chancers) expectations are clear; work is collaborative; and your experience is respected.

So if you ever find yourself feeling alone on a creative project and not getting what you need from those around you. Just remember it’s not you, it’s them.