Ep51: Advice for 17 year old me

We will talk about:

  • How to get ahead as an artist
  • Mistakes I've made and how to avoid them
  • Taking your career seriously

Ever wish you could go back in time and give yourself some life advice? I do. In particular I wish I could go back and tell myself to stop being such a nervous wreck around girls. But as well as that, I'd love to give myself advice on getting ahead as artist. Which is exactly what this post is about.

In this episode I'll explain why you should have a blog, experiment with all art forms, distance yourself from the blender community, read books like crazy and travel abroad.


1. Start a Website or Blog - Incredibly important if you're planning to get a job in the CG industry!

2. Publish at Least One Artwork a Week - This will train you to work as hard as you could, which will eventually improve your skills drastically.

3. Experiment With All Forms of Art to Find out What You Really Like - Exploring the vastness of art is one way of expanding your horizon and realizing what your strengths and weaknesses are as an artist. Go try out traditional art like clay sculpting, painting, watercolor, etc. to freshen your perspectives.

4. Surround Yourself With What it is That You Really Love - This will help reinforce and strengthen your goals and passions. What you surround yourself with is what you'll eventually become. Become a sponge.

5. Start a Big Project and Set Yourself a Deadline - Through the process of getting there, you'll learn to do and finish your goals. What kills creativity is having too much possibilities.

6. Read Books - You learn a lot from life stories, saving yourself the pain from doing the same mistakes that the authors have encountered in the past.

7. Network Like Crazy - Your professional career is very much tied to who it is that you know. Attend conferences and conventions. Travel often.

8. Distance Yourself from the Blender Community - Not to sound rude, but this will broaden your skillset. Visit and involve yourself on other forums and communities.

9. Don't Depend on Getting Discovered - This will help you to focus on your trade and do the stuff that you truly love, without getting distractions. Don't dwell on the 'overnight success' idea.

10. You're Gonna Fail, Don't Fear It - You have to acknowledge this if you want to be good at anything. People will start to hate you, but you'll have to accept this as a reality; don't let this put you down.

11. There's No Free Ride - It will be a hard and rough road. You probably have to take jobs which you really don't like. But that's part of the greater story that you have to tell someday. You have to work hard for the things that you truly want to achieve.



1. The Architecture Academy

2. Reynante Martinez's Website

3. The Art of Charm post


Got some advice for younger you? Tell us in the comments below!

Andrew Price