Finding a job as an art director can vary in difficulty depending on factors like your experience, skills, and the location you're targeting. To increase your chances, focus on building a strong portfolio showcasing your work, networking within the industry, and staying up-to-date with design trends.
The companies an art director has worked for can vary greatly, as it depends on their specialization and career path. Some notable companies in the creative industry include advertising agencies like Ogilvy & Mather, design firms like Pentagram, and in-house creative teams at companies like Apple or Nike. However, it's essential to choose companies that align with your creative interests and career goals.
Although I am not an art director I would like to give some advice as you explore this creative, exciting field.
The types of companies that you could possibly get work at as an Art Director are the following: Advertising, Marketing, Film, Television, Entertainment, Publishing, Print Media, Design and Branding Agencies, Digital Media, Fashion, Retail, Gaming, and Animation. I worked at a toy company once and we had an Art Director, too.
You are wondering how difficult it would be to become an art director and what your chances would be. There's no way to tell that until you're actually out there applying for jobs. I would imagine that your being in a major city in which there are many companies would be in your favor. Having experience working in a creative role would surely help. You would also want to make a super impressive portfolio, too. It is an opinion field of work, so no one can really say what your chances are especially when they haven't seen your work. What type of feedback are you getting from people on your creative projects ? That will give you a basic idea of how appealing and popular your creative range is. Since this is a creative, well sought after career, I imagine you're aware that it is competitive as all of the careers in the arts are.
Most of all, never give up. I wish you all the best !