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Gaining Experience In The Creative Industry

Even the words ‘creative industry’ sound like a paradox. Creativity should never, by rights, be confined within the boundaries of industriousness or commercial motive. However, today we have things such as the fashion industry, the beauty industry and many more, all of which are based off of free-flowing creativity.

One of the biggest difficulties in breaking into any of these creative industries is that they do not hire simply based on qualification. After all, no matter how many certificates you acquire, no one can ever really teach you creativity. Therefore, companies and employers look for experience. So here are some ways in which you can gain enough experience to then start applying for a serious job.

Volunteer Your Services

Imagine that you are an illustrator or cartoonist or simply an artist. Maybe your reputation is not solid enough yet to book paying jobs. So how about some free advertising? Look around for a school or some such public institution that does not have funds enough to hire a painter or decorator and volunteer your services. Add the caveat that you should receive a small square in which to work your magic. Think carefully about the interior design if you are given a space inside; it should not be disruptive to those working there. If it’s outside, it has to work in harmony with the overall appearance. Use it as an opportunity to showcase your talent, and don’t forget to add it to the resume.

Intern for Free

As galling as it is to work for free (especially if you were one of those teenagers who had summer jobs), it is the only way you will outstrip your competition and get the intern job. Remember there are hundreds of others gunning for the same job so apply for an internship in a studio or company somewhere and get the necessary experience by working either full time or part time while you are still studying. for instance, if you join a company that interior design hotels Dubai, not only do you see the creative aspect of designing something, you also get an idea as to how the hospitality industry works, giving you a leg-up on your competition. Again, since many people out there apply for the same job, the more experience you have to back up your professional qualifications, the better it will be for you.

Branch Out on Your Own

This last option does not work for everyone, but if you have the talent, funding, charisma and luck, you may just be able to pull it off. A small percentage of people manage to start their own creative businesses even without years of experience and make it successful enough to bring in money for them. It takes a lot of work, but as long as they find a backer or investors, they usually succeed. Even if it eventually fails, at least you have tried and it looks good on a resume when it says that you headed a company.


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