Obviously, I knew how to say five thousand dollars, but for some reason I couldn’t muster up the boldness to say such a dollar amount when it came to putting my work on the market and talking to clients. My tongue literally tied up when it came to talking about money and putting a solid value on my work.
It was then when I realized that I had to get a better hold of myself.
The problem was me. I was scared what would happen if I charged such a dollar amount. I didn’t believe my work was worth a thousand, let alone five thousand dollars to someone else—even though I wanted to charge such an amount at the time. That belief alone held me back from approaching client calls with confidence.
I knew that if I couldn’t get over this personal hurdle, I wouldn’t be able to last 6 months as a new creative in the industry.
My solution was to learn how to get over myself. It was to spot whenever I was putting my own insecurities in my own way of career growth, and to address it by doing whichever option scared me most.
I’ve gotten a lot better at handling my own value as a creative, but I know there’s still a long way to go. I’m a big believer in making small adjustments and taking minuscule steps towards growth.