Starting the DPS year still in the midst of a pandemic, I was still very confused and unsure of the year ahead of me. Having been through lockdown and trying to return to a somewhat normal work schedule and adapting to this new way of life hasn’t been easy for anyone.
Especially during these times, taking control of your own time management can be so difficult, when it feels like nothing is certain and everything is up in the air.
During this time to help give me some purpose I finished designing my portfolio and cv and started sending it off to internships and employer. During the beginning, it was very daunting to begin with especially since the whole world is adapting to working through purely online means.
As well as the looming fear of another lockdown over the horizon, keeps people on edge and sceptical of ever returning to a new sense of normality.
I have sent my details and portfolio to a variety of employers working in different creative disciplinaries around London. After not hearing back from anyone it can be hard to carry on, especially when you see no hope after receiving lots of rejections.
From this I decided to start an independent project based around the theme of Render a Day; a project design by Mike Winkleman, also best known by his Instagram handle @Beeple.
This project is based on using 3D modelling and animating software, and the objective is to use the 3D modelling software to create and learn, to help expand my knowledge and increase my confidence with using modelling software. This SIP project was very fun but in the end was not completed, this due to not having time to complete the process and also having other obligations like having to go to work left me unable to complete the project most of the time.
From what I did learn throughout this project, I felt that it was extremely helpful and I felt that I was starting to gain a grasp on the software itself and started understanding how to use it better.
Even though I didn’t complete the project itself, I would like to try and finish it, and learn how I can adapt this to my other skills to and use them to build on each other.
During this first term I also received news from a collective called the Scene Stealers, congratulating and welcoming myself into the Collective, in which during this time I was able to complete some work for them based around the theme of horror. From this I picked a film called ‘Annihilation’.
From this involvement, I found that it was a really good experience because it gave me a chance to do something I enjoy while also polishing and allowing my skills to grow. Furthermore this gave me a chance to reflect on my practice a bit more, and gave me an insight of the ways I like to work – this being that I find it can be difficult to produce work solely on my own motivation but it can be easier to complete projects when there is a co-dependence of some sort.
From realising this I’ve decided to join another collective also to give me more purpose and responsibility. As well as giving me the chance to join a community of people that want to support each other, and possibly collaborate. Because of the way I work and having realised this, I can’t think of a better time to join a collective either. Also, because even just participating in a project by means of a collaborative process can help you find more structure but also can give you a lot of creative freedom with briefs.
Reflecting on the above, I want to not make the same mistakes that have already happened but instead build from this, to help make every project better than the last.
The project that I am currently to undertake is called 2020, which has the aim to create a 5 minute moving image piece in response to an oral recording of refugee who arrived 20 years ago.
This project is still in the very early stages but am looking froward to working on its entirety, and collaborating with other peers.
I want to try and avoid, if I can having the feeling of being overwhelmed and would like to make use of this to take full charge of my time management and help in understanding my own abilities and limitations; furthermore as to how I can improve and be more in control.
This term has been a very interesting experience and has helped shaped how I work and want to work in the future – from joining a collective to sharing my progress with other peers in communities of practice, I feel that the shaping of a new agency is very dependent on communication, as well as time management and understanding of your own practice.
Agencies are always adapting and evolving, and building a new agency in this current climate is difficult, but by breaking down experiences and reflecting individuals can address problems that occur and overcome them.
This year has changed the way everyone works, and it’s hard to imagine a future when the world feels like it’s falling apart, but what I’ve learnt is the world is always evolving and so is the creative industry.
We shouldn’t let this experience bring us down or destroy us, but instead use it as a stepping-stone to further our practices during these unprecedented times. Instead being afraid of the unknown, use it to inspire, create and evolve.
- Trevor chadwick