October 7, 2014
“All of you have an awesome idea in your head right now or in your journal, and you’re all waiting for the perfect time to share it. But, really, you shouldn’t hold back from sharing.” – Rachel Ryle
Stop holding on to ideas – we all have them and we’re all waiting for that perfect time to share it with friends and family. But, according to illustrator and animator Rachel Ryle, there is no perfect moment: don’t hesitate to share those ideas with the world because you never know where those ideas will lead you. It has definitely paid off for Ryle, who shared her idea with friends and now follows a career path that she loves.
Ryle is best known for her short animations on Instagram, but prior to being named both BuzzFeed’s and MTV’s #1 Instagram account to follow, Ryle knew absolutely nothing about illustrating or animating. Initially working a 9-to-5 job as a designer, Ryle eventually found herself intrigued by Instagram’s new video shorts feature. She thought about the possibilities of utilizing the medium to incorporate art in some way. A week after the feature’s launch, she thought of this idea to create animations on the platform; she didn’t hold back and immediately jumped into it, unleashing her idea to the world.
“Share your ideas…it encourages you to do more,” said Ryle. “Because if you’re actually practicing and actually putting it out there, it enables you to [keep] look[ing] around and think ‘what else can I make?'”
Within the first month after sharing her sushi animation on Instagram, Ryle soon found herself on BuzzFeed. Nowadays, she creates animations for big names like Samsung, Tommy Hilfiger, Vanity Fair, and even the Academy Awards. But, she added, it was definitely scary to go off to do this full-time (something that every startup founder can certainly empathize with):
“At the time, it wasn’t necessarily scary to leave my job, but really the scare of being on my own,” said Ryle. “But I want to keep trying to do the best I can do – to continue to inspire other people and bring people joy.”
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