“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.”
~ Mike Clarida
What are the 3 key steps for your creative career?
In our previous 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’ve 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’ve been looking for…
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’s relevant to the company you’re 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’s 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’ 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’ve 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’t pretend to have skills you don’t 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 🙂
Listen to this week’s show and learn:
- How to tailor your portfolio for the job you’re applying for
- How to network with other artists and promote your work
- How to prepare for interviews and make a great first impression
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