career success


under the cut you’ll find a total of 78 hq gifs of barbara palvin who is known for her successful modelling career. all the gifs below are medium to small with no text gifs. with that being said, none of the following gifs were created by me so full credit goes out to the original creators. if any of the original gif makers would like credit for their gifs, feel free to message me and i’ll be more than happy to do so. and finally, likes and reblogs aren’t necessary but are highly appreciative if you do find this useful.

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Me and Kathy have been going out just the two of us lately bc all of our friends have successful paying careers and we’re still broke and anxiously desperate to get drunk.


So, professionalism becomes a uniform to “look like you have money.” It becomes a very classed ritual, where we feel like if you have money, or if you look like you have money, your opinion is more valuable than someone who looks poor.

Jules Feiffer on learning to take a punch

FEIFFER: If [success] happens too fast, you don’t build what I call rejection deltoids — where you are so used to being hit in the face that you just get up again automatically. The kids who were successful in high school from the beginning didn’t know how to do that, so they would take a couple of slaps and they’d go into their father’s business.

SIEGEL: Instead, you’ve been an emotional bodybuilder all this time - psychological bodybuilder.

FEIFFER: The only part of bodybuilding I’ve ever done…

SIEGEL: (Laughter).

FEIFFER: …Is with my hand and my pen.

Above: “Learn To Take A Punch” illustration from my book, Show Your Work!

The Go Getter's Arsenal

What’s that something, that X factor that really awesome people who seem to wake up meeting their goals undoubtedly possess?  What is that intangible thing?  That elusive something…What if I told us that it’s not that elusive after all?  Would you believe me?  Would you believe that the “something” those people seem to possess is inside of you and me?  Well, it is.  They’re not from another planet, but I bet you they’ve grabbed hold of a few, if not all, of the things I mention below.

1. What’s “no?" 

Fighters do not know the meaning of the word "no."  In fact, for them it’s merely a signal to try a little harder.  They don’t shrink into a corner and play small at the first sign of a block.  They get bigger.  Their thinking about what’s possible expands. They’re creative juices start flowing to come up with new and innovative ways to get around "no." 

2. Faith

Go-getters believe in something bigger than themselves, and they tap that something to go higher and do better.  Fear exists, but it is consumed and overpowered by an abundance of faith–faith in their God-given abilities.  Faith that they have been empowered by God to do all things.  Even a small dose is enough to move us to amazing heights professionally.

3. Enthusiasm

Any goal worth accomplishing is worth giving your all and washing it in enthusiasm and joy.  Often, we approach everything with a sense of dread.  We don’t believe it will work out the way we want, so we enter with little enthusiasm about the process or the outcome.  That’s a recipe for certain failure.  Believe it will be wonderful and successful.  Believe that you are fully equipped to handle every aspect of the task.  See yourself relishing in the process.  Enthusiasm.  It will take your goal and transform it into reality.

4. Commitment to Excellence. 

Refusing to accept no, having faith, and approaching each goal with enthusiasm are important.  But, then what?  To reach the highest height that you’ve set for yourself, you have to be committed to excellence.  What does that mean?  I’m sure there are many understandings, but I see it as being devoted to giving our all and then some.  The words, "that’s good enough” don’t exist any longer in our vocabulary.  Instead, we ask, “is it better than great?"  Every letter, email, proposal, resume, project, etc. should be showered in excellence.  When we put the finishing touches on a project or goal, we then ask, "have I given more than my best?  Have I stretched myself a little farther this time?" 

My challenge to us is to apply the pieces of this arsenal to our next goal. 

Let me know how it goes, okay?

Here’s to your career…amazing!


Digital Alteration... and Success

Q: Hey there! I am currently going to school but am thinking of switching my major to illustration! I have a few questions though about the field. Okay so first, do you think it is necessary to digitally alter your work if you want to be well known and work for big name companies and have a lot of success? Also, if you don’t mind me asking, what is the typical salary for an illustrator like yourself?

A: First off, congratulations: you will be making a brave and daring life decision! But this is to your advantage, since you’ll bring unique things to the illustration field as only you can.

This being said, the uniqueness and quality of your work does not hinge on your ability to make it look digitally altered or computer-made. Having digital skills, however, will make you more marketable as an artist and illustrator.

The type of digital alteration you’re talking about, too, is a key factor in deciding how vital it will be to your illustration, since it can provide a universe of possibility to your work.

Some traditional illustrators (such as I) use computers minimally, to scan their finished artwork and email to clients. Other artists do their best drawings in their sketchbooks, and so scan and color them digitally. I do this too.

Since investing in some basic digital drawing software and a good scanner, I’ve found I’m able to turn around illustrations to clients more quickly, and create many different ways to display and sell my work online.

Another big factor in the use of digital manipulation is the audience you want to cater to. Do you want to get into the game art industry, designing character concepts and landscapes? Will you be an editorial illustrator, or an artist for book publishers? Do you want to create hand-drawn stationery for greeting card companies, or graphics for skateboards?

There are a thousand million endless ways you can put your art to work, whether it’s digitally altered or not.

What industry(-ies) do you want to cater to? Take a look at some of those big-name companies and see what kind of illustrators they hire. Look at those illustrators’ portfolios, research their methods and you’ll get a better idea of what they’re doing to get hired.

I’m sorry for what’s about to happen, but I really want to say some things about that “lots of success” bit. 

Being a successful illustrator doesn’t necessarily mean getting hired by a big company. It also doesn’t mean being well known. It definitely doesn’t mean only being able to produce digitally-altered work. Actually, if you make Lots Of Success a goal and aim for it, shape your career to pursue it, you will almost certainly never achieve it. Trying for fame is a waste of time. Instead, make great, solid work for your portfolio, the way you want to. Clients, companies, and agents will notice you for that, whether you use digital methods or not. Strong, solid work is rare and in very high demand, regardless of the media used to make it.

Success means making strong work that you love, and being able to feed yourself.

On feeding yourself:

I can’t tell you what to charge for your work, or what the typical salary for the average illustrator is, because I honestly don’t know. My commission prices are based on the planning and labor-time I spend on each piece, and on the size of the pieces.

Ask yourself: For your talent, your mind, your skill and your time, what’s fair? The answer isn’t minimum wage. Don’t fall into the danger of underselling yourself. When approached with a new job, find out as many details about the project as you can before you give the client a quote. For one-shot jobs, I quote a singular price. For ongoing freelance work, I charge an hourly rate. 

Some of the most helpful people to ask for experienced answers are your professors, art collectors, agencies, and by surfing on illustration forums (WetCanvas is a good one). 

Hope this helps some :)


5 Ways For Introverts To Network Authentically

Many introverts (and shy extroverts) dread networking. They worry about feeling awkward, stumbling through forced conversations, or having nobody to talk to. But sometimes, we have to network in order to advance professionally or promote a cause that we care about. Networking is often unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to be such a big struggle.

You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways – for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.

Ways To Win Over Your Boss

You go through life trying to seek approval from your superiors. You constantly want to please your parents with good grades, impress your coaches on the field and wow your professors in the classroom. And as an adult, you want to win over your boss at work. Here’s how!

Tips And Time Savers To Start The Day Right

Those precious first minutes, often called the most important of the day, have the power to set the tone for the ensuing twelve hours—for better or for worse. Here’s how to be better at what comes after you pry open those eyes:

1) Keep everything–keys, wallet, phone, purse–in the same place each day.

2) Prep your clothes the night before.

3) Try removing your phone from your bedroom altogether.

4) Disable your “snooze” function.

5) Keep breakfast simple, and portable.

6) Keep yourself accountable.

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