When do you become a ‘professional creative’? Is there actually any tangible marker for when you evolve from an unprofessional creative? Is it when you start getting paid or is it more of an abstract concept like happiness or on-time Southern Trains (burn)? All these questions can’t be answered by us alone so we did some digging.
It turns out that the best people to ask about making it in the creative industry are people in the creative industry. Because he seems like a good guy, Adam Furness creative director of creative agency Digilante, has shared his top tips for up-and-coming creators out there.
On his blog, Furness runs through ten great tips for making a lasting impression for your first few years in the creative industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer, musician or pottery mogul – these words of wisdom will take you far.
Step one is to know the tools you’re working with. There’s no place for false modesty in this competitive dog-eat-dog, snake-and-ladder world. Know your limitations and your strengths because you won’t be given many opportunities to show off the latter so you better be ready when one of those narrow windows open.
Even Furness admits this one is a bit cheesy but you should “work for the job you want, not the one you have”. The only way to spur a change is by altering your work ethic and behaviour. If you hate your job right now – work harder, someone will notice and reward you with something better.
One of the most important lessons this designer shares from his experience is to keep everything as simple as you can. All those fancy skills and over-complicated theories you learned at university don’t have much use in the real world. Doing something simply perfectly is much better than giving 100% of your effort to something to complicated.
The main take-away the blog piece is to look out for others, don’t let your talent be your downfall and just use some common sense. If you want to learn more, contact Furness on his Twitter.