When I was young and starting out someone once told me, “You’re not going to believe me, it sounds too easy to be true, but I swear to God this will work. Do good work and be nice to people. That’s it.”
I didn’t believe them, I still remember the constant feeling of frustration and hopelessness as I couch surfed and worked minimum wage jobs and stayed up all night every night drawing trying to make a portfolio that would get me a job. I remember not understanding why no one would hire me and feeling like the cards were stacked against me, and that i deserved a job but for some strange inexplicable reason was not getting one. Then eventually after years of going through that cycle I finally got a job.
In hind sight 20 some odd years later I have to agree with them and have to pass on the same advice. It is that easy. Well… “easy” might not be exactly the right word, it is a little deceptive, the “do good work part” is easier said than done.