Pathways into the creative industries are less clearly defined than those in other sectors. From networking and skills development to finding your tribe and staying true to your art, Kate Hall offers practical advice for those just starting out.
'Over the past few weeks photos of excited, begowned graduates standing with proud parents has interspersed holiday snaps and First Day of School photos. I can remember the excitement, and the big hair and shocking-pink trouser suit, of my own graduation. I also remember a feeling of “What now?” - an unnerving mix of excitement and bewilderment. How do you get started in the creative industries, degree or no-degree?
Teachers, medics and lawyers have rigid career paths. There are graduate programmes for accountants and civil servants. Arts students do not have such clarity - their futures are open and flexible, a blank canvas of making your own career choices from Day One to the end of time. This is a pretty terrifying prospect for a lot of people, especially when you are just starting out.
What to do?
Don’t panic! In all likelihood we are going to be working until our 70’s, so taking a bit of time to develop a game plan, and to try again and re-plan, is allowed.'... Keep reading on Jumped Up Theatre