Imagine getting your post-secondary degree and being presented with a multitude of job offers… within the next week! Related: 4 C’s To Career Success You’re overwhelmed and excited at the same time; the world is your oyster! There’s no trace of fear, no worrying about paying your loans or making your way in the world. You have guaranteed your success in life, and you’re going to be great. Doesn’t that sound nice? Well, years ago when people with college degrees were the BIG fish in a small pond, that may have been a graduating student’s reality. But for those of us in the first stage of our career TODAY, we know this is just a dream. Because today, having a college degree is the norm. It’s the new standard for entry-level jobs, and (if you’re lucky) you’ll be able to pay all your bills each month with your first job out of college. Nowadays, things are different. There’s more competition than ever, and the best companies out there can take their pick from an ocean full of qualified, normal sized fish.
The pool of talented individuals is dramatically increasing these days, and the competition for jobs is expected to be keen. Being competent artist isn’t a magic wand. Determination, hard work, persistence, and hard selling are what it takes to stand out. RELATED: Career Transition: From Artist to Art Teacher Becoming a professional artist can be exciting and challenging at times. After learning the artists career information, it is time to take a peek at some of the helpful tips for a successful career in art.
If you’re entering an established industry as a new person and looking at where you will get the most traction, it is wise to be strategic about it. It’s traction that leads to progress. Progress leads to the coveted freelance gig, the hot club’s stage, the entry-level position with serious growth potential, and eventually to the corner office (or the awards podium or to whatever else is your ultimate goal). Related: What's My Brand? Why It's Important To Know The entertainment industry is particularly conscious of branding. Whether referring to performers or the people behind the scenes, having a defined identity makes it easier for people to understand you and figure out where you fit into the business. Yes, you might be a multifaceted creator, performer, or professional – or simply complicated human being – but for the purposes of career growth, being definable streamlines your path to success. Talent agents are especially known for wanting to narrowly brand their clients. They want you to write six sex comedy spec screenplays so they can say, “She writes hilarious, raunchy comedy.” If you write one script in every genre, what can they say about you? “She’s a great… writer.” While that might be true, it’s not much of a pitch for your Bob at CAA to use when trying to get you writing assignments.