Jamie Kosoy: Anxiety is Part of the Process
We met Jamie Kosoy, Head of Technology at Arbitrary during CAMP Festival 2017 and heard how the struggle is very real no matter what stage you are in your creative career. Read about Jamie's tips and tricks here:
“It’s okay to be high strung.”—Jamie Kosoy
Jamie Kosoy is high strung. Knowing this has made life way easier—but it’s not without its struggles.
For 10 years he had a fulltime job at a fancy New York City agency until he moved to California for love. He started a business and holy, did the anxiety ever ramp up. First it was, how would he make money? Then it became, how would he get these three jobs done all at once? Working from home was a nightmare. He got an hour of sleep at night and his wife was ready to throttle him at all times.
Then he fired himself.
He learned that he needed to feel happy with what he was working on from start to finish. He’s learned to own his stress and anxiety. Accepting that he’s a high-strung individual has helped him to release many of those anxious moments faster than he used to.
Not all anxiety is the same.
Jamie acknowledges it’s impossible for him to simply not be anxious. He compares it to people with headaches and people with migraines. The headaches are like the stress most of us have felt in life. Migraines are like anxiety. Not everybody has had this experience. For Jamie, it can be crippling, so he knows he has to manage it ahead of time. He communicates realistic expectations to his clients. He advises others with similar experiences to imagine the anxiety of a younger version of yourself and what you would have worried about then. The perspective can be really helpful. It’s about getting a little better able to handle things rather than trying to be 100% perfect.