25 Aug 2017
It takes real balance and strategy to thrive as a creative. Being creatively fulfilled and financially viable enough to do more than pay the bills is one of the ultimate goals for many in the arts.
Creative industries opportunities
Jobs in fashion have been growing steadily over the past five years, with opportunities in Australia alone hitting upwards of 10,000 by 2020.
Shifts in TV and film viewing habits have contributed to growth and evolution for the production industry in Australia and across the world, with another 10,000 local job openings expected in the coming years.
A new era of blogging and other new forms of written entertainment is also here, which is creating a wide variety of opportunities.
You don’t have to be a starving artist
This is where soft skills like commercial awareness come into play. Commercial awareness is an understanding of the essential processes required to make any business or organisation successful, through either provision of service or the selling of products. This is a big part of being a creative today – being multi-talented, with many hats and skills.
Try a hybrid career
Look at your creative field and then at what day-to-day jobs demand your unique skills. For a budding novelist consider blogging or content writing, for a musician be a backing band player, or for the designer get into marketing and branding.
These roles allow you to earn an income, gain business skills, and build essential connections. In the meantime, you can be crafting a fashion collection, piecing together a literary masterwork or polishing your next album. This is an achievable blend of commerciality and creativity.
There are two sides to this:
- Educate yourself in business, technology, and other areas to allow yourself to be more commercially focused and adaptable. This can allow you to broaden your creative projects for whatever income stream or client, and increase your skills and knowledge for a hybrid career.
- Become an educator to grow the love and use of your preferred art form by teaching it to others. This can not only earn you a steady income, but also connect you with potential collaborators and clients.
Think outside the box
The world we live in can provide an infinite number of opportunities for enterprising people. Look at your creative output and skills and think hard about how and where it could possibly fill a need for everyday people.
Can you create artwork for the home? Write custom greeting cards? Provide boutique live music performances? Design one of kind slow-fashion pieces? Creating a business that makes the most of your talents is more than possible. Current TAFE Queensland student Iman creates Snapchat filters and graduate Emma is becoming the local queen of cake.
An extension of thinking outside the box and the hybrid career is collaboration – coming together with other creative and skilled professionals to boost the potential of ideas and projects. Connecting and working together is a common theme in the creative industries, and for good reason. After all, creative works are all about sharing and uniting.
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