Career Relaunch®
Being Open to Opportunities with Polly Aspinall- CR04
Sep 28, 2016 · 32 min
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What’s it like to leave your stable agency job behind to become a creative freelancer? In this episode of Career Relaunch, Polly Aspinall, a former Creative, Producer and Account Director at London-based agency turned freelance Set Designer shares her thoughts on the importance of creating connections with a diverse set of people and allowing yourself to be open to new ideas.  I also share some thoughts on being open to opportunities, even when they’re not exactly perfect.

Key Takeaways

  1. The best things happen in your career when you stop saying “no” all the time and instead start saying “yes” to new opportunities.
  2. Meeting up with everyone you can allows you to expand your network, to make connections with people who may just turn out to be surprisingly helpful.
  3. Sometimes, saying yes to imperfect opportunities can open up new doors and uncover unique career ideas that never crossed your mind

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Free Tool: Saying Yes to Opportunity

During this episode’s Mental Fuel segment, I talked about being open to opportunities that aren’t 100% perfect. For some help in doing this, you can download my “Saying Yes to Opportunity” Worksheet.

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About Polly Aspinall, Set Designer

Polly Aspinall spent nearly 8 years working in a hybrid marketing role as a creative, producer, and account director for brands such as Johnnie Walker, the BBC, ASOS, Smirnoff and H&M. After taking a course at Central Saint Martins, part of the University of the Arts London (UAL), Polly recently made the move into set design, prop-master, and junior art director for film and tv, including projects for Episodes and a new TV Show by the makers of Inbetweeners. She also does freelance set design for window dressing, photoshoots, and interior designs.

If you’re interested in exploring a career in the creative arts, check out UAL’s full list of courses and short courses.

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