You may spend all of your time scribbling away in sketchbooks, taking pictures, or designing your own characters. You may get feedback from other people says that the work you produce is great.

However, the question is whether this is enough to actually make a real-life not live on beans-on-toast living from?

The problem being that making it in the creative industry can be challenging to say the least. Of course, you can make your chances significantly higher by using the tips in the post below.

Read on to find out what they are, and transform yourself from a starving artist into working one.

1) Don’t be shy – toot your own horn

If you are going to make it big in the creative industry, you really need to get good at tooting your own horn. What that means is that you need to become a master at showing, marketing, and hyping your own work.

Luckily, we have the internet these days, and many sites like Behance, and Deviant Art as well as Pinterest and Instagram where we creatives can display our work. In fact, if you do this right, it should convert into actual paid jobs as well!

Of course, to get good at tooting your own horn, you will need to learn a few essential skills. On is to take pictures of either your work or your process to give people online an insight into what you do.

Additionally, understanding keywords and how they can bring the right audience to you is essential as well. In fact, even the idea that those appreciating your work will be your audience rather than your customers is a concept that you will have to wrap your head around you are to be successful in the creative industry. Luckily you can watch the video that explains this in more detail below.

2) Get acquainted with Macs

Love ’em or hate ’em, Macs are the creative industry standard when it comes to hardware, and that means if you are going to work enough to eat, you will need to know your way around one.

Of course, if you have been to art or design school, it’s likely that you already have a solid grasp of what you can do on a Mac, as well as how to do it. Although folks that are self-taught or used to working on a PC (yes there are a few renegades that insist on doing this) may find it a bit of leap.

Luckily, there is plenty of advice and tutorials out there like this one on the best snipping tools for Mac, something that nearly all creatives will end up using when it comes to photos and image manipulation. In fact, investing in studying such tutorials, or in apps that make such functions even easier is nearly always a smart move. If you want to make a real living in the creative industry, that is?

3) Experience is golden, formal education isn’t

A lot of people freak out about whether they have the required education to make it in the creative field. After all, there are thousands of famous art an design schools that people pay through the nose to attend for years at a time.

The good news here is that while art school can be a useful process to go through, it is isn’t a necessary one if you are to make it in the creative field. The reason for this is that what is most important is your work, and that means your portfolio and the experience you have gained creating it will be what employers and clients take the most notice of.

Of course, that does mean that it’s absolutely vital that your portfolio is outstanding, and that means you need to put only the best representation of your work in there.

You also need to keep it up to date. Therefore if you haven’t currently got a client that is like the ones you are hoping to attract, create example as if you do instead to ensure your work stays fresh and relevant.

4) Practice your craft every single day

They say that practice makes perfect, and this certainly is the case when it comes to the creative industry. In fact, no matter how much natural talent you are born with, it is practicing and refining your skill over and over again that will help you to come up with marketable skill and product that won’t just cover your costs, but pay a decent living wage as well.

Of course, that means you need to set aside time each day to practice your art and to be creative. In fact, it can be much more efficient to see creativity as a habit rather than something you do when the inspiration hits for industry success over the long term.

5) Get a mentor that will tell you the truth

Everyone loves to have people around them that tell them how wonderful and talented they are, it’s human nature. However, surrounding yourself with a gaggle of people like this when you work in the creative industry can spell doom for your career.

This is because, without someone telling you where you aren’t quite up to scratch, where things could be improved, or where you have downright missed the mark all you are going to do is stagnant. Of course, stagnation in the antithesis to creativity and should be avoided at all costs, and that that is why one of the things you need to make it in the creative industry is a mentor that will tell you the truth.

Now you can just about ask anyone to be your mentor, but if you want the relationship to be productive, there are a few things to bear in mind. Firstly,  you will want to find someone whose work you respect, and who is already doing what you want to be doing 5 years from now.

Additionally, it can be wise to spend some time communication with any potential mentor candidates to check that your working and communication styles mesh well. Otherwise, you may be left feeling over criticized and unmotivated. Something that absolutely won’t help you to make a decent living in the creative industry at all!

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