Graduating with an arts degree doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be successful with a career in the arts. Achieving success in any career requires a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck. If you want to pursue a career in the arts, keep these six simple tips in mind to increase your chances of success.
1. Develop Your Skills – You cannot hope to be successful with a career in the arts if you don’t become a professional in terms of your skills. Whether or not you attain a degree in the arts, choose your medium and dedicate yourself to becoming as good at is as you possibly can be. Take every chance you get to enhance your skills or to learn a new one.
2. Practice Your Networking Skills – In many cases, the key to finding a good job is not about crafting a professional-looking resume – it is about knowing people in the industry. Never underestimate the importance of networking – the more people you know, the more opportunities that may come your way. Join organizations that are relevant to your skills and interests and make friends with the people who have jobs like the one you want.
3. Keep Expanding Your Knowledge – Sign up for newsletters, follow art blogs, keep up with industry news to ensure that you know what is going on in your industry at all times. You never know where the next new trend will come from so keep a lookout for the next big thing – you might be able to hop on board before it really takes off!
4. Make Money Where You Can – When you are first starting out in the field you should not expect to make a lot of money on your art. There is an exception to every rule but many artists take years to develop a following and to truly perfect their craft before they can start making a real living at it.
There is no shame in having a day job or even a part-time job to pay for your art supplies or to pay your rent. If the opportunity comes along to turn your art into your day job, by all means take it!
5. Stay Visible and Get Your Name Out There – Take every chance you get to show off your work and make sure that your name is attached to it. Print some of your artwork on a t-shirt, start a blog, or see if you can get some of your work displayed at a local coffee shop. Every time someone admires your work, hand them a business card and encourage them to follow you on social media. No one will “discover” your work unless you put it out there!
6. Don’t Be Afraid to Get Creative – If you have a great idea that you think could launch your art career but you don’t have the funds to make it happen, don’t be afraid to get creative – that is what crowd funding campaigns like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are for! You may also be surprised to find how many grants and sponsorships are available to artists if you just take the time to look for them.
Keep in mind that success doesn’t happen overnight – it takes time and a lot of hard work. If you follow the tips above and you put your heart and soul into your work, you can be successful with a career in the arts. Even if you aren’t, however, you can still find a way to use your skills and your creativity!