Book Review: You’ve Got This Written by Bec Brown and Illustrated by Inga Campbell

Written by Julie Dickson

Have you ever felt daunted by getting a career in the creative industry? Or wanted to get a promotion but don’t know how to go about it? Or wanted to create your own small business but don’t know where to start?

Then You’ve Got This: The Career Handbook written by Bec Brown and illustrated by Inga Campbell is for you. It’s a practical guide to building a career in the creative industry and is what every young person starting out needs. Written in down-to-earth language, Bec Brown guides you step by step through her advice about things such as creating your personal brand, social media do’s and don’ts, and managing crises.  

Bec Brown shares her experiences and tips and tricks, and Inga Campbell, the illustrator, pops in from time to time with her own tidbits of advice. Bec Brown and Inga Campbell are both founders of creative companies, so they are well equipped to be sharing their advice. I love how each piece of advice in the book is things they’ve learnt from experience and are tried and tested methods. This adds credibility and a nice personal touch.

I’m a sucker for advice books, especially ones about the creative industry. I love reading about other people’s experiences and learning life hacks, so I was super excited to get the chance to read this book, and it didn’t let me down. I love how all of the advice included in this book came from personal experience, making it all the more credible and trustworthy. There are a few exercises near the beginning of the book about writing out your goals and breaking them down—something I’m also a sucker for—and I love how this adds a practical component.

Aimed towards young, inexperienced people starting out in the creative industry—high school or uni graduates—this book could also be beneficial for older people who are seeking a career change. Although it’s marketed towards people wanting a career in the arts, the advice can be easily tailored towards practically anyone. The book’s compact size and beautiful watercolour illustrations make it the perfect handbook to carry around.

Most of the time, our learning experiences come from making our own mistakes, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but this handbook gives us the tools and wisdom to guide us towards making the right ones.

You’ve Got This was published on the 15th of September 2020 and is available for purchase here.

Julie Dickson is a Melbourne based writer and editor. She is currently studying a Master of Arts (Children’s Literature) at Deakin University. She is a hardcover book and journal collector and owns way too many planners. You can find her on Instagram @juliedickson.writer

Julie’s work appears in the ForwardRetroTensionTabooIllusionHarmony, and Epilogue editions of WORDLY Magazine.

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