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New Blood Festival: TENACITY>TALENT

Day 2: A round up of career advice for emerging creatives

What really makes us stand-out - our craft or our passion? TENACITY>TALENT?

We've collated some of our favourite pieces of advice from Day 2 of New Blood Festival 2020 and our stellar line up of industry experts including Sonya Barlow, The Great Reset, Kevin Morosky, Lou Bones, Afolabi Kuti and Melody Sylvester.

Each session explored Tenacity vs Talent and what makes us stand out more as creatives. Is a great portfolio enough, or is it really down to working hard and being nice to people? How have those at the top of their game made their way there? And how can you stand out from the crowd and seek out every opportunity - particularly in our current online-only world?

Read on for our top takeaways...

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Here's a round up of our favourite quotes...

Have clear values. If opportunities come to you that don't align with those, don't be afraid to say no.

Sonya Barlow, Founder, LMF Network, TedEx Speaker.

It takes 8 seconds for someone to look at your profile or portfolio and learn something about you. Choose what it is that they will learn.

Sonya Barlow, Founder, LMF Network, TedEx Speaker.
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Data drives decisions. Use social media analytics to help refine your personal brand.

Sonya Barlow, Founder, LMF Network, TedEx Speaker.

Follow the 3-2-1 rule of networking - connect with 3 people, follow up with 2, and follow that through to a virtual coffee with 1.

Sonya Barlow, Founder, LMF Network, TedEx Speaker.
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Talent and tenacity go hand in hand. I use my tenacity to protect my talent and my passion.

Kevin Morosky, Creative Director, Havas Media Group, Founder @wearepocc
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Your job going forward is to understand the commercial viability of what your talent is, and to communicate that talent in the way you present your portfolio, the way you contact people and the way you present yourself.

Lou Bones, Illustration & Animation agent, Jelly London
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No role is a waste. You always learn something, and as long as you're learning, it's valuable. Be a runner, be an assistant, be a PA - use EVERY opportunity that comes your way.

Melody Syvester, Head of Film, Engine
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Keep surviving. Balance the paid work with the passion. It's not a sprint, it's a marathon. Just keep moving forward and don't get stuck. THAT'S tenacity.

Afolabi Kuti, Producer, Broedmachine

For more creative career inspiration and creative industry advice for emerging talent head to our Inspiration for emerging creatives landing page. We'll also be releasing some of the New Blood Festival 2020 talks in full in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the New Blood channels for more info.

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