Background In Art, Media, Or Music? How To Turn This Into A Job
You have probably heard a thousand times or more how untenable an interest in the arts/media/music is. Many people will try to tell you that finding a job is nigh-on impossible in this sector. Now, this just isn’t true! Depending on your goals, it can be simple to start a career in this field. In order to give yourself the best chance at your dream job, start exploring your options now!
Get Further Qualifications
You can never know too much! By going back to school to deepen your breadth of knowledge, you will open up new doors for the future. Arts, media and entertainment courses are surprisingly common in most areas, so go forth and study. It always helps to have multiple skills under your belt.
Take The Initiative
As a creative individual, you really can take the initiative and offer up your services. Whether that’s teaching children how to play the guitar or running musical workshops, it’s important to explore both paid and unpaid avenues, to network yourself and take your career further. Before you know it, people will be asking you to take part in their events or to teach them new skills.
Get Some Experience
Tied into the previous point, it’s exceptionally important to pick up experience where you can. If you can’t bear the thought of handing this out for free, then just explore avenues that you would consider “hobby” territory, such as playing in the local orchestra or helping out with drama productions. If you can bear the thought of working for free, then try an internship. Although you probably need to put bread on the table, this doesn’t have to be a full-time role.
Be Specific: Choose A Niche
Don’t just be a jack-of-all-trades. In the beginning, try lots of things. After you understand what you excel at – or what you like best – you can start specialising yourself more. You’ll find that it’s easier to find jobs, if you take up a certain niche.
Go To Events
Always keep your ear to the ground about new events that are cropping up. Getting involved in these productions or get-togethers will help you to meet new people, subsequently leading to more frequent opportunities. It also helps to get your name out there. You know what they say…it’s who you know.
Create A Plan
Do you have a firm idea of where you’d like to be musically in a few years’ time? Don’t just keep it as a nebulous dream. Draft up ideas for how you plan to get there. Work your way from goal-to-goal, always drawing yourself nearer towards where you want to be.
Be In The Know
Keep abreast of news and updates in your field. You never know what might lead to an idea or opportunity. Follow the music news on a global, national, and local scale. Get inspired! Be knowledgeable about your field of study.