When I was a young kid in the business I was very shy.
I suppose my shyness had to do with my insecurities.
I wasn't sure if I was very good at coming up with ads.
I wasn't sure if my portfolio was very good, or was good enough.
I wasn't sure if I had any worth as a human being.
All that made it nearly impossible for me to call the people I was hoping would give me a job.
How could someone so unworthy possible ask for the favor of being hired.
I had dug such a big psychological ditch for myself that I was virtually paralyzed.
This was a problem I had to teach myself to overcome.
So here's what I did.
I wrote a list of every compliment I ever got about my work.
From teachers. From peers. From people in the industry.
I slowly came to realize that my insecurities were unfounded.
I was seeing myself in ways other people weren't seeing me.
In other words, a lot of my own personal shit was just in my head.
Then I had to overcome my hesitancy about asking for a favor.
(Something I'm still not good at.)
It came to me that with all the good things people had said about me,
I wasn't asking a prospective employee for a favor. I was trying to do him one.
That is, hiring me would be my favor to him.
Because where else could he get someone who could do all the things I could do?
Once I learned all this, my life became easier.
I overcame my shyness.
I learned to keep my insecurities in their place.
I became much more assertive when it came to making calls.
Getting a job is never easy.
But you can make it easier on yourself.