“You need to do art because you love it. You need to do art because there’s something inside you that wants to tell that particular part of you, visually.”
What are the 3 key steps for your creative career?
In our previous聽podcast with artist Mike Clarida, he spoke about his 16-year career and how adapting and learning new skills led him to work with big clients such as Disney and Footlocker.
In this latest interview, he goes even deeper on this subject and explores the 3 key areas you need to concentrate on to get the creative job of your dreams.
So, if you鈥檝e ever been unsure of which steps to take to push your career forward, read on.
Because the advice Mike shares in this podcast might just give you the lightbulb moment you鈥檝e been looking for鈥?/p>
Create a Great Portfolio To Get Your Dream Creative Job
The first of the 3 key steps for your creative career is to create a great portfolio – one that not only features your best work, but also contains work that鈥檚 relevant to the company you鈥檙e applying for (such as animation, concept art, character design etc).
Always be Looking for Opportunities
Most artists understand the importance of promoting your work on your website and social media channels, but what else do you need to do to get your name out there?
Basically, you need to start building connections with people who can help get you to where you want to be. Whether it鈥檚 reaching out to other artists, or researching areas of art in greater detail, you often need to go the extra mile to make an impression.
As Mike says: “You need to do art because you love it. You need to do art because there’s something inside you that wants to tell that particular part of you, visually.”
You might also want to consider joining a local artists鈥 guild – these often have lists of companies to apply to for creative roles. Alternatively, just search for local art jobs in your chosen field online.
Be Prepared for Interviews
So you鈥檝e got an interview? Awesome! But what do you do next? Being prepared for an interview is the last of the 3 key steps for your creative career.
Be genuine, be honest, don鈥檛 pretend to have skills you don鈥檛 possess, and above all, listen to what the people interviewing you are saying.
Good luck! We hope these 3 key steps for your creative career help you find a job where you can let your talent shine 馃檪
Listen to this week鈥檚 show and learn:
- How to tailor your portfolio聽for the job you’re applying for
- How to聽network with other artists and promote your work
- How to prepare for interviews and make a great first impression
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