The closest thing to living my National Geographic dream was meeting one of their top designers today at a hole-in-the-wall bar in Venice Beach, CA. Although our chat only lasted only 45 min (and it took me 2 hours and 45 min to get here), it was absolutely 110% worth it. He said something I’ll never forget:
Never play your “Ace” card on the 1st hand. Wait for the right moment when you’ve got everything in you and nothing to lose. You say you want a big city, a solid career, National Geographic as your client, and the beach in your backyard? You have start somewhere. I did by moving to NYC; that’s what launched my career. I never thought I’d break in, but I started with one small commercial. 5 years later, NatGeo remembered that commercial and asked who the guy was behind it.