From Idiot to Imposter: how to get started in a new field

Michael Dales

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At EMF it's easy to see lots of cool things and think you "that's awesome, but I couldn't possibly do that!": this talk is about how to overcome that feeling and get started in a new domain.

Two years ago, despite having not done any woodwork since high school, I decided to turn my hand at building electric guitars; with success enough that people are now commissioning me to make them for them. But to keep such an ambitious project manageable I had to create structure and tools around how I approached getting started and continuing to develop, and find ways to keep myself motivated in the days when it all goes wrong. This talk will review those methods so that you can try and apply them when you go to head off in a new direction yourself.