If you think that taking on a small project is demeaning to the potential scale of your work, get out of your head. Keep in mind that there is no one to perform for. And quite frankly, much less people are keeping tabs on your career than you may think. In fact, it’s likely that no one is. This can be hard to digest when you’re stuck inside your own head.
Designers all have a tendency to turn their life into a story. We write a fantastic narrative of our past with ourselves at the center — I helped design billion dollar companies or I worked for [insert massive startup here] — and this distracts us from designing for reality.