Start yesterday, not tomorrow, with digestible pieces
Weronika Salach, Weronika Salach Illustration
My first time starting out as a creator was very challenging. I had no idea about video editing, and I was a bit all over the place. There was a lot that prevented me from doing more because I considered my content “not enough”. The perfectionist in me was bringing me too much down.
Now, from the perspective of time, I know that I'd definitely start off publishing my tutorial videos sooner. "Better done than perfect" is one of the best pieces of advice that I could give to inexperienced content creators.
This doesn't mean that you should publish low-quality content. It means you should start yesterday rather than tomorrow because you will learn a ton on the way. After releasing one digital illustration course after another, I could see a gradual improvement after every new course. I have also received feedback that my tutorials benefited many people and that for them, the most important aspect was the knowledge I was transmitting. They didn't care whether my slides or my shots were perfect.
On top of that, I would tell my past self this: focus on publishing smaller and more digestible content instead of burning yourself out on big and perfect masterclasses. Tackle one well-rounded and focused course at a time, publish, rest, and then repeat.
Here I am, 5 years later, and I have published 12 illustration courses. Each next one better than the last one because I kept on learning, investing into new filming gear and editing software, and I just kept on growing. Start yesterday, and not tomorrow.
Weronika is an illustrator, surface pattern designer, and online educator based in Berlin, originally from Poland. She teaches digital illustration in Affinity Designer and Procreate.
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