Should I respectfully decline or just get over myself?
November 5, 2011 9:33 PM Subscribe
An old friend recently came to me with a job offer. It's to design a few dozen graphics illustrating business concepts that will be put on flashcards. I have no formal graphic design experience -- I've never taken classes or courses -- but I'm talented enough and am fairly well-versed in digital painting. In all respects (money included!) this sounds like a really cool job for me, but I'm worried I won't be able to deliver. Should I take it anyway?
posted by anonymous to media & arts (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Basically, my whole problem boils down to one thing:
I am a flake. (There, I said it!)
I have a known history of committing to things, letting extreme perfectionism and anxiety get in the way, and subsequently backing out. All the projects I've been involved in so far have been informal things with friends, but they've all fizzled out in one way or another. That's why I was so touched that my friend thought of me for this.
If I take the job, I feel like there'll be a chance (not necessarily big, but still there) that I'll flake out again. If I were still intending on becoming a professional artist as my friend last heard (we haven't talked in quite a while), I would've jumped at the opportunity.
My past and potential future guilt feel like they're eating me alive, and now I just don't know what to do. What do you think, MeFites?
Posted anonymously because my web handle is the same.. everywhere.