I graduated from Uni in 2009 in the depth of a recession with no jobs available for fresh graduates.
My options were to stay in London and keep hussling between unpaid internships 🙄 and short term gigs in service industry 🍽️, or move back to Vilnius that had even less jobs available, but at least I could live with my family.
Neither of these options seemed ideal. 20s is a beautiful period in life meant for travelling, making mistakes and learning about yourself and life, so this desolate post-crisis Europe was not the best environment for my personal growth.
At least, that's what I thought at the time. I was 22 years old with no fear of failure and plenty of naivety and stupidity. Who wasn't, right?
So I went for The Wild Card - a completely crazy option that was outside of "usual" paths. I went to South East Asia, found few freelancing jobs, eventually settled in Penang and had this amazing opportunity to co-found independent art center called Hin bus Depot.
I had nothing to lose, only gain, while going for "conservative" options would seem safe at the first glance, but in reality there was no gains for me.
It's counter intuitive, but safe options often lead nowhere.
It turned out really well for me. Plenty of new challenges, new friends, new skills and much deeper grasp of how different and how universal at the same time people are.
I would not be who I am without these 7 years in Malaysia and I am still in love with Penang.
My insight is that you always have more than two options. In fact, there are unlimited options once you start thinking outside the box. We often tend to trap ourselves with thinking that "if not this, then this".
I'm not advocating crazy risks, but rather to open mind for unusual paths that your intuition tells you to follow. 🧳
The book Zero To One by Peter Thiel is a very daring way to start a business. His idea is that copying what others do is very easy, but that won’t change the world. If we want to really build the future, we have to create something unique, that will allow us to go from zero to one. We have to be brave and courageous and daring and to go against the tide. It is not a matter of fortune, though. We have to have a clear goal in mind and start from a small niche and to build it up until we create a monopoly that will allow us to gain enough earning to reinvest for the good of the whole society.
“The most counter-current thing not to go against the crowd but to think on your own.”
I’m so happy to finalise this music video project, and one of my first fully realised creative projects that I can share. A turning point in my creative career was my decision to move away from corporate work and focus on ART. I had 6 years corporate design under my belt and NO portfolio work that I could share. I spent a year of self study and have initiated a few projects now making videos for musicians .. I realised I didn’t have to play this corporate, idealised, robotic role anymore and could be my full self !! It is so fricken fun !!
“Why are you painting your tree fluorescent green ?” When I was studying art and design at college I started making papier-mâché items for set design, one piece was a giant mangrove root that I could literally crawl under and paint and sculpt from underneath.￼ It was a fantastic time, getting paint in my hair and everywhere else. I was painting my tree whilst sitting on the floor in the middle of the studio and the rest of my group could see what I was doing from their desks. I was really keen to get a really cool textured bark effect on my model. So what I did was - I found this really old paint in a hardware store that was kind of gone off and lumpy and was basically scraping it onto my model with a fork to create texture of bark. But this paint was bright green and people were looking at me funny.. When the green paint texture layer had dried, I painted it brown and then did a really light brush paint over the top to create a lighter colour and the bark looked amazing.￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ This was a very important lesson for me in my creative career, realising that people will see an unfinished product of yours but you have a vision in mind - stick to that vision and it doesn’t matter how it looks when you want to talk about it halfway along the process. This idea is something that has stuck with me throughout my whole creative career, to be confident in your end vision, open to feedback and to share work even if, at that moment in time, it doesn’t look quite right 😊 embrace the fact that it is a “work in progress” and you want feedback but also have confidence in your own creative vision, the end goal.￼ I always think of my green “work in progress” tree when I have to share draft versions of work to clients, even though what I am showing doesn’t match my end vision, I want to bring my client on the creative journey with me 😊 x