If you have an artistic talent and you’re wondering what it takes to get a full-time job in arts or design, the good news is that there are plenty of new jobs opening up in this field all the time, give the rise of interactive media. In fact, job growth in arts and design is expected to be healthy over the next several years. Of course, competition for slots will still be fierce in most cases, but if you’re willing to work hard and are dedicated to constantly improving your skills, you should have a bright professional future ahead of you.
A good step to take in order to secure a job in this field is to get a Bachelor of Arts degree in art or design. This will help you when you’re looking for your first job, and your undergraduate career will also give you a chance to collaborate with many other young artists. Plus, your professors and academic advisors can help steer you towards the specific career in arts or design that you’re best suited for, and they may also be able to help you get summer internships that will provide you with valuable experience for your resume, as well as critical networking connections and references. Also, try to look for jobs at museums, galleries, advertising firms, interior design companies or whatever environment you think you’d like to work in. Volunteer if you must. After all, you never know-you could impress your supervisor so much that he or she will offer to hire you immediately after you graduate.
If you decide to become an artist, you should also seek to keep educating yourself and learning new things. It’s only by fully immersing yourself in the world around you that you can soak up all the inspiration you’ll need. Travel abroad as much as you can afford to and study local architecture, design, fashion, culture and artifacts. (Save your money in a special travel fund, and search for the best airfare you can find on the Internet.) Study human psychology so you can get a good sense of the kinds of images and colors that evoke strong emotional responses in people.
Learn a foreign language or two, in case you work with international clients. Read up on world history. And whatever you do, keep building those computer skills. Stay as up to date as you can on the latest computer programs, software and Internet technologies. No matter what form of art or design you pursue, chances are you’ll have a digital portfolio, and that you’ll be uploading a lot of your work onto the latest platforms.
Speaking of technology, it’s probably a good idea to start your own blog, or at least create you own website. This is a good way to attract clients, share your work and connect with other artists. Not only that, but doing so costs very little, if anything.