The modern creative industries employ talented people in fields such as television, radio, film, marketing and advertising, design, popular music and web development.
Last but not least are the myriad creative freelancers, entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and small business owners who bring all their ingenuity and passion to bear on the challenge of earning a living from their creative talents.
Whichever category you fall into, you have a few things in common with your fellow creative professionals.
Most importantly, creativity is central to your identity and your career success. It’s a passion that gets you out of bed in the morning, and a means of separating yourself from the competition.
Because of this, conventional career advice isn’t much use to you. You may or may not have letters after your name and be good in an interview situation, but your career gameplan is not based on getting good grades, saying the right thing in an interview and climbing the corporate ladder. In fact, when you looked at the career options laid out before you at school, you may well have decided that none of them were particularly appealing, so you’d have to invent your own job description.
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