So, to reiterate, I am now interning at a small startup agency called Odysseus Arms. It is literally a “mom & pop” agency, run by a couple who started an agency in London and have a lot of experience in the industry. I have already learned quite a bit from them and look forward to seeing where this relationship takes me.

The internship is unpaid, informal, and flexible, but requires fast thinking, problem solving, and hard work. They understand that I am searching for a full-time job and need to earn some money. There is some work I will be doing for them that is paid, so that’s nice!

I have learned that being able to “rapidly prototype” is an invaluable skill to possess in the tech, advertising, design, and other industries, I’m certain. Rapid prototyping is the ability to quickly and accurately create a prototype that effectively communicates an idea. Whether it’s a startup that needs to get their product launched or an ad agency that needs to pitch ideas for campaigns to clients or a company that needs to a website redesign, being able to make good stuff fast is essential.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a perfectionist, so compromising quality isn’t exactly in my nature. (I get that from my dad.) However, I have pushed back against that tendency for many years in order to reign it in. Perfectionism is a valuable trait to have in many situations, but I have found it can hold me back for fear of making a mistake. It is an obstacle to overcome, and I am still working at it.

The truth is that the simpler, cleaner, and more organized things are, the more our mistakes and shortcomings stand out. This is true both in design and in life. Having things too messy is chaos, while having things too clean  is stifling. Again, find a balance that works for you. Perfection is relative anyways.