In frankie 92, we asked ten creatives to ponder the life goals that deserve a little more recognition.
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KATE MCCARTNEY – WRITER, DIRECTOR AND ACTOR
Fail very hard, do it often, and do it with gusto. I’ve personally learnt buckets more from my failures than my successes. (I am, of course, talking about my creative failures here. I’ve never put a foot wrong in my personal life, and I’ve definitely never fallen sideways off a train platform because I wasn’t paying attention.) Anyway, to approach your own failures with kindness and love for yourself is completely liberating. No one gets things right the first time. When you arse something up, just have a cry, then rejoice in your failure. Hold a parade for it. Take it to dinner. Because failure means an opportunity to learn and do whatever you did again, a little bit better.
WENT TO THERAPY:
MICHELLE LAW – WRITER AND SCREENWRITER
I firmly believe that if every person on this planet received and was receptive to getting therapy, the world would be a much kinder place. Book yourself a doctor’s appointment, complete a mental health plan, and take advantage of your 10 sessions to get some heavy weight off your chest with the help of a professional who’s in your corner. Therapy helps us understand our complicated, confusing brains, and the complicated, confusing brains of others. It can lead to greater empathy, connectivity and vulnerability, and it teaches us to be kinder to ourselves. It’s a public service and more people should do it!
FLEX MAMI – DJ, WRITER AND PRESENTER
Being self-aware is a crucial cheat code for life. You have the ability to dictate the experiences you have on the day-to-day, and being aware of how you operate – what motivates you, stresses you out, brings you joy – is the simplest way to hack into your own mainframe and do more of what serves you. The journey to self-awareness is infinite! The more you uncover, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you need to unlearn. Seeing yourself through a critical lens can uncover character traits you dislike, but then you get the chance to love yourself for who you are in all your forms. What a privilege!
DID MY TAXES:
CARLA HACKETT – DESIGNER AND LETTERER
Let’s face it, tax is boring and is often put in the ‘too hard basket’, especially if that basket is chock-full of receipts from the last 10 years. But, especially when you’re self-employed, it’s important to stay on top of the boring stuff. Most freelancers I know have learnt their lesson about not doing their taxes and being stuck with a massive bill to pay off! You only do that once, then you get your shit together. In a world where the pay gap is real, helping women and non-binary folks become financially independent should be recognised.