Limited Jobs for Unlimited Creativity

As a double major in Film and Spanish it’s not news to me that the industry I chose to soon work in is a tough one. Although much of our society and culture are reliant on the work of creatives- and as stated in Ruth S. Bridgstock’s ‘Skills for creative industries graduate success‘: “the creative industries are essential to national economic growth”, many in this industry have a hard time maintaining steady and secure employment. Bridgstock associated the word “boundarylessness” to describe the nature of this field, meaning that it is an industry largely run by individuals, or “networked clusters of small to medium enterprises”. Bridgstock’s article on the industry heavily reinforced two things for me that I had already been aware of, but now have a deeper understanding of. One, that when working creatively, your skills matter of course, but who you know is massively important as well. In an industry where many people work independently or within small groups, and are constantly trying to get their own projects and visions off the ground, who you collaborate with and present these creative works to can play a huge role in the success that comes from it. The music industry is a great example of this, countless artists have gotten recognition from being featured on a different artist’s track, or even from being ‘discovered’ from an artist with existing fame and reputation. This isn’t to say that the people you know alone can get you to where you want to be; being able to stand on your own and effectively show that your work is important, impactful and innovative is crucial as well, which leads me to the second point I took away from Bridgstock’s article which is that it is imperative to be a self starter.

Being a ‘self-starter’ is a phrase I heard often growing up, but as I get older I realize more and more how important being self motivated really is, not only for someone entering into the creative industries, but for someone who is going to be independent in any way at all. Being able to effectively advocate for your own work, skills, and traits is something that would be beneficial to anyone, but especially someone entering a largely unstable field like the creative industries, where a lot of employment is reliant on connections as well as reputation and credibility.

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