How to Start Pursuing a Creative Career – Easy Steps to Follow
For many people, pursuing a creative career seems like a dream that’s hard to reach. Whether you’re a current high school student thinking about pursuing a degree in the arts, or you’re an adult professional thinking about making a career change to pursue your true passions, the thought of following a creative career path can seem daunting. How and where do you begin?
This blog post will help demystify the process by suggesting a few simple steps you can take to start down the creative career path you desire.
- Practice, practice, practice: Even if you don’t have a lot of resources at your disposal, try to hone your skills as much as possible on your own. Working with what you’ve got is a great way to showcase your ingenuity and creativity. Try looking online for lessons and tutorials that can help develop your skills, or take a weekend class from a local artist. When you apply to a creative arts program, you’ll want to have plenty of evidence that you’re full of potential.
- Start building your portfolio: This is the most important tool you can use to promote your work, and can be the key to being admitted to a creative arts program. Nowadays, it’s easy to build a free online portfolio that can showcase your best work to the world. Ask a trusted friend or mentor for feedback, and make adjustments based on their critique. This is a great way to start adjusting to the critique process of art school.
- Network with professionals in your desired field: This can be as simple as asking a friend who already has your dream job to lend you advice. If you don’t know anyone, see if you can attend a meetup group in your area for people who share your creative passion. Not only will these people be a wealth of information, but learning the inside scoop about working as a creative professional will help you decide if it’s right for you. For more networking advice, read our blog post about networking for creatives.
- Remember it won’t happen overnight: Following your passion will take sacrifice—sleepless nights working hard on a project for a favorite class, long days working hard for your first client, a few years “paying your dues” as you work hard establishing yourself in your field. Remind yourself that all this hard work will pay off, and that the people you admire in your field were once in your shoes! If you’re the kind of person who likes to plan ahead, take some time to map out where you’d like to be in three, five, and ten years in your career. Visualizing these smaller goals can help make your career aspirations feel more achievable.
At BEAU, we’re dedicated to make fulfilling, creative career paths a possibility for our talented students. If you’re ready to start pursuing a creative career, request more information about our programs today.