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How can I prepare for a career in the arts if there isn't easily accessible opportunity for experience around me?

I want to go into the film industry, or at least do something for the arts, but there aren't many opportunities for me to gain experience for what I want to do at the point I'm at in my life. #art #college


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Michelle’s Answer

Hi Devyn!

Sometimes it is very difficult to gain experience if you aren't able to easily access opportunities, but it shouldn't be a limitation. I would start by doing a bit of research into a specific industry (film, design, arts) and looking at the different roles within the industry and what it means to have that role. Remember to ask yourself "What excites you about the work?"

A silver lining from the pandemic is that a lot of art and design schools have created remote programs giving people a level of flexibility in both time and location. I would also leverage free resources and free programs that could help give you a kickstart. To get concrete understanding of what you need, ask a school that teaches Film what their application requirements look like and if they have any resources to share to help you get there. Usually a career counselor can instruct you.

I hope this is helpful to jumpstart your interest.

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

Research the industry and understand what the type of roles there are
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You can contact people on Linkedin and ask them a simple question. There is also a feature on Linkedin that can set you up with a mentor within an industry
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Look at remote courses (both free or academic)
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A lot of jobs now function remotely so you can try and gain experience in this way
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Reach out to a school / program and ask them what are the requirements and any resources they can share
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Nicholas’s Answer

The best preparation for a career in the arts is making art. The opportunity is looking back at you in the mirror. Want to work in film? Make a film. Put it online and share it. Make another one. Then another. Get better. Submit your films to contests. Network on social media to meet other film makers, writers, financiers etc. Drive a few hours to go to a film festival. Meet people there. Don't be shy. Be proud of your work. Someone will tell you it sucks. Maybe a lot of people will. If it's what you love, keep doing it and someday someone will tell you they love it. And maybe, maybe, someone will tell you they want to pay you to do it!

tldr: if you want art to be your job, start doing art and never stop

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Nicholas’s Answer

The best preparation for a career in the arts is making art. The opportunity is looking back at you in the mirror. Want to work in film? Make a film. Put it online and share it. Make another one. Then another. Get better. Submit your films to contests. Network on social media to meet other film makers, writers, financiers etc. Drive a few hours to go to a film festival. Meet people there. Don't be shy. Be proud of your work. Someone will tell you it sucks. Maybe a lot of people will. If it's what you love, keep doing it and someday someone will tell you they love it. And maybe, maybe, someone will tell you they want to pay you to do it!

tldr: if you want art to be your job, start doing art and never stop

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Michelle’s Answer

Hi Devyn!

Sometimes it is very difficult to gain experience if you aren't able to easily access opportunities, but it shouldn't be a limitation. I would start by doing a bit of research into a specific industry (film, design, arts) and looking at the different roles within the industry and what it means to have that role. Remember to ask yourself "What excites you about the work?"

A silver lining from the pandemic is that a lot of art and design schools have created remote programs giving people a level of flexibility in both time and location. I would also leverage free resources and free programs that could help give you a kickstart. To get concrete understanding of what you need, ask a school that teaches Film what their application requirements look like and if they have any resources to share to help you get there. Usually a career counselor can instruct you.

I hope this is helpful to jumpstart your interest.

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

Research the industry and understand what the type of roles there are
Saved!
You can contact people on Linkedin and ask them a simple question. There is also a feature on Linkedin that can set you up with a mentor within an industry
Saved!
Look at remote courses (both free or academic)
Saved!
A lot of jobs now function remotely so you can try and gain experience in this way
Saved!
Reach out to a school / program and ask them what are the requirements and any resources they can share
Saved!

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