Design Drink Discuss Imposter Syndrome recap

Imposter’s Syndrome For Creative Professionals Recap

Inspirational talks can take all sorts of forms. Here at E3C, we like to keep things informal and cozy! In November we held our first “Design Drink & Discuss”. This new talk series brings designers and other creative professionals together. The purpose? To be inspired by the experiences of other local creatives.

“The Imposter Syndrome: How to make it when you feel like you’re faking it. A talk for creatives” was given by Sunil Sarwal of The Small Monsters.

Sunil spoke about his own journey dealing with Imposter’s Syndrome, and how it affected his education and career. Starting with his time as a design student at NSCAD, his first job, his life as a freelancer, and finally as the head of an agency, he showed how Imposter’s Syndrome was both the cause of suffering and anxiety, and the driver behind his success.

 

Talk Highlights

Some key takeaways from Sunil’s talk and subsequent Q&A include:

  • It’s okay to not know the answers. It’s not okay to let that isolate you. Ask those around you for help.
  • Many, many people have Imposter’s Syndrome, but we can choose if it will push us forward or hold us back.
  • ‘Fake it ’til you make it’ is real. Keep working, keep improving, and one day you won’t be faking it.
  • Your old work looks bad now, not because it was bad, but because you’ve gotten better by doing it.

 

 Photos by Shannon Ellis

 

Everyone Can Relate

In attendance were graphic designers, animators, programmers and illustrators. Students, professors, freelancers and enthusiasts. All coming together to bond over the common feelings that Imposter’s Syndrome brings. No matter their background, people nodded their heads in agreement at key moments in the talk.

We look forward to delivering more speakers to the Halifax creative scene in the new year. If you’re interested in giving an informal talk about your creative journey, we’d love to hear from you! No experience necessary, just a readiness to share your experiences with others.

"Imposter Syndrome" Design Drink & Discuss

Nov Meetup: Design Drink & Discuss

Date:
Thursday, November 1, 7-11:30pm

Location:
The Foggy Goggle Pub, $2.00

A meetup for all designers: graphic, product, web, game and UI/UX. Meet other local designers in a non-networking setting: this is all about fellowship and getting to know one another. The meetup starts with a presentation, followed by Q & A and general mingling.

Talk Title:
The Imposter Syndrome: How to make it when you feel like you’re faking it. A talk for creatives
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In a casual talk for designers and other professional creatives, brand consultant Sunil Sarwal will discuss Imposter Syndrome, and how it affects creatives and their careers, both for bad, and for good. With examples and lessons drawn from his career as Creative Director of Montreal’s award-winning branding and packaging agency the Small Monsters, we’ll see how we work with it, work despite it, work because of it, and sometimes, work through it.

 

 

Design Drink Discuss: Imposter Syndrome Poster
Event poster design by Sunil Sarwal.

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