SCAB on Agatha and Sarah
Back-to-back lectures and the mad scramble to finish one-day briefs have left most of us wondering, is there an easier way to SCA? Our prayers were finally answered by the talented Agatha and Sarah, a creative pair from VCCP and school alums. They shared their top tips for staying sane, hacking the school, and taking home gold at the end.
Tip 1: ask for help
Agatha and Sarah opened on the importance of using mentors for guidance. You don’t know what you don’t know right? We are lucky to have them, so there’s no shame in asking them for help. Be bold and seek outside advice by going on book crits early as it’s a great way to build your confidence and meet people in the industry.
Tip 2: have fun
The speed and pressure of the course will only intensify, so we need to remember to have fun throughout the process. As impressive as agency life is, Agatha and Sarah explained it isn’t always sex, drugs and rock and roll but can actually get a little boring. The most fun we will probably ever have will be in our year at SCA. In other words, go ham, fail hard and pick yourself up again.
Tip 3: do self-care
It’s no secret that being creative can affect your mental and physical wellbeing. Therefore, it’s essential to take care of yourself by getting some air, eating well, and seeing loved ones because what you put in will affect what you put out. Leaving time for your own craft is also a must – make yourself interesting – like Agatha and Sarah, who write comics in their spare time.
Q&A plus final thoughts
When asked what their favourite thing about the job was, the pair answered that it was seeing teams of people collaborate to make their ideas come to life. I loved this response, and it certainly inspired me to be ambitious in everything I try. As cliché as it sounds, hard work does pay off. Moreover, the best briefs are not a given. You have to prove yourself to get them.
For me, Agatha and Sarah were a walking glimpse into what life could look like after the SCA. There is a method to the madness of the school, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Catch you in the next one!