I'm one of those 'portfolio career' types, a designer by trade, painting murals, graffiti art and making is my passion. I left the textile industry to start my own property management business to give me more time to pursue my own creative talents and because I've heard a pension is a good thing to have!
Fabric and printing and all sorts of other stuff, I'm kind of one of those people who knows a little bit of information about everything as I'm a sponge for information, who loves to learn.
Don't point out the flaws in your project, be aware of them but one person's perceived flaws can be another's gems.
Cheerfulness, seriously my friends have honestly told me this. Every situation however shitty will have a silver lining, you just have to look for it.