Being multidisciplinary means you get to choose which
discipline you love most.
Being interdisciplinary means you get to be better ⚡️ at it too.
At the end of the day, my interdisciplines end up as the written word.
Adjacent disciplines and qualifications span visual and service design, film, yoga, liberal arts, editorial management, digital production and content strategy (the kind that deals with UX and IA).
I have lived / worked in Montreal, Bandung, Jakarta, Bangkok, Jogjakarta, Bali, Hanoi, Melbourne and Singapore.
And so, I speak fluent English, Indonesian and French (although, people in France will – and have laughed at my French Québécois accent).
Being multidisciplinary / multicultural has wired my brain to unpack contexts, analyse patterns, and translate ideas – all pretty useful functions for a copywriter who turns insight into strategy; and never without a damn good story.
Learnings, or stuff I wish I’d known ten years ago:
Apologising is one of the hardest things to do. I’m still learning how to do it right, but Amy Poehler’s two comparative apology letters have inspired my intent to be able to say sorry in an honest, human way.
I escaped “the office” and became a freelancer because I wanted to be “free”. I didn’t know then that freedom meant working ungodly hours, spending 60% of my day writing emails, being an accountant-slash-project manager-slash-studio manager-slash-business development manager-slash-web designer-slash-debt collector in one, juggling various unruly clients, spending my week in meetings, and then still finding time to actually work. I know better now. I wouldn’t trade it all for a damn thing.
I learn something new everyday. (Watch this space.)