Taking a Step Back

It is extremely common for people to point out to students studying in a creative field that they should be ready for an unstable life. This is because there are so many layers of skills you must have to be relatively successful. Although the creative field is vast and there are many jobs that fall under its umbrella the majority of them do call for traditional skills accompanied by skills that require specific knowledge of media and technology. Traditional skills…meaning writing, organization etc. but for those looking to get into music or film or anything along those lines you must be many things all at once. A person with people skills, business skills, a basic knowledge of modern technology and so forth. Even if you have the full package the hardest part is just getting through the door and being hired in that entry level job. Usually this requires connections.

It is widely known that getting into the creative industry field is hard to do but once you’re in, you’re in. Although the demand for people to work in the creative field is rising, the amount that can realistically enter the field is not. Since the majority of the work that is freelance or only short-term there is little room for people to break in unless you are connected to someone within your line of work. In the Ruth Bridgestock article, they say, “Creative industries careers are characterized by ‘boundarylessness’ (Arthur and Rousseau, 1996), in that they are largely individually navigated, often with minimal opportunity for stable employment or hierarchical progression within a firm.” (4)  It is an industry that encourages intermingling amongst cohorts they are creatives who are supposed to think outside the box but aren’t easily swayed to look beyond their personal contacts. Since employment is decided upon connections and ability rather than education it makes me even question the entire system. Allowing for students to go through a system that will inevitability fail them is cruel. On the other hand those students that fail to break into the industry end off branching into other jobs that might value their extended skills.

The creative Industry is an ever changing creature that needs to have employees that adapt and grow with it. In the Daniel Ashton reading he says, “higher education creative graduates drawing on both specific occupational skills and wider generic skills to undertake ostensibly non-creative work in non-creative industries.” (392) It’s common for students who can’t break into the field of their dreams end up taking work in a creative field to just pay the rent and live. Perhaps it is beneficial that these creative types are out in the world hopefully improving  upon whatever field they were forced to settled for but it’s a good example of how the system has failed them. Having heard their entire lives that they probably won’t make sets up to for the comfort of failing and settling for a jobs we never asked for. Yes the creative industry is hard to go into but it doesn’t mean we should settle for a job we don’t want. It’s up to the industry to allow more fresher minds in. The more people there are to add to the mix the better the outcome of what they are trying to achieve.

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