This article is about some things to think about if you want a career in the arts.
A few people have asked me recently about what advice I would give a young person seeking to embark on a career in the arts. I find this interesting as I don’t necessarily see myself as being ‘in the arts’, probably because my working life spans a number of career sectors. I also don’t make money directly from my creative practice, though it has provided me the skills and discipline that has ultimately led to paid work in non-profit, government and education sectors, working on stuff I love by creating online environments.
My first year of art school was 1988, finally jumping ship after three years working in a bank. I can still remember feeling like my eyes had opened to the world, and that I was finally around other people who understood and even encouraged some of my idiosyncratic traits. For me, it was like my biggest dream had…
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