Thinking about the future can be depressing. It’s just the whole scope of the thing, really. We can see too many paths, too many options and it can get too much. We want the best from our lives and our abilities, so choosing and finding the right choice can be a big ask of us – of course, that’s a perfect recipe for stress, isn’t it?
When it’s all laid out like that, we do wish someone would come along and give us direction, but in most circumstances, we have to provide that direction ourselves and look within. Who are we? What do we excel at? What do we want to do?
If we can answer those questions, the paths might become a little more clear, and we might find it a lot easier to direct ourselves forward. For anyone looking to make a career from their creative talents, this is a must. Will you take your abilities seriously and attempt to carve a career from them, or will you keep them as hobbies and something on the back-burner?
Charge to Demonstrate your talent
Of course, if you’ve got a talent, you should expect something in return should you perform that talent. Exposure is great, especially in the infantile and early stages of any career, but it’s not something tangible. You should only offer up your skills for free if it’s something that really appeals to you.
You can make money from your talents, whatever they are. Don’t be put off by the fact that ‘freebie’ opportunities are more plentiful and common to come across – that’s only natural. For paid work, you’ll have to search hard and market yourself well.
Network and Collaborate
When you’re asked to do something for free – check and see if it’s something you really want to do, something worthy of your time. If it’s not – offer a polite refusal. You have the power to do that. If you want to get involved with free work and exposure – do the work yourself in a project you’re heavily involved with.
This is a great way to meet collaborators and network. Get exposure by involving yourself with passion projects with like-minded people instead of offering your skills up for free. Of course, you might be inclined to consider a more traditional career path – but your skills will never be enough.
You’ll need qualifications. You can take a marketing MBA online though, so degrees are accessible to anyone with the time, patience, and funds. Creative mindsets work well at solving modern problems, so think about this!
Market your talents
If you are a creative worker with talents that can be sold, you’ll need to put a lot of groundwork in. You’ll need to market and present yourself well with your work and your branding. You will also need to actively find work.
There are plenty of sites where you can find jobs and work; you just need to go out and look for them. Working with clients is hard work, but aim to please and always be polite – any business you lose will have a big impact!