By Elloise Rosemond
Almost every company I have contacted have not sent any response back. It is starting to feel like an impenetrable wall. I thought I would be in a placement by now, I had already organised a position in a magazine that was to start at the end of September, but after chasing and chasing I have still not heard anything concrete back. So, I have started to look closer to home, or at least to contacts with actual faces, reaching out to people I have already established relationships with. This has definitely moved the process along quicker, regardless whether it ends with a yes or a no.
Through getting in contact with a mate of mine, I was able to attain my first meeting - at a music development company. Unfortunately, no position was offered but they were kind enough to give me some advice on recruitment platforms I should look into – including creative-commission.com - and sent out my information to music artist that might be interested in working with me. They gave me an opportunity to talk about my work for the first time and explain what it is that I am seeking to do in the industry. It was a daunting experience, but I am glad I could get the first one over with and use it to help build my confidence in presenting my work to companies in future interviews.
Up until the end of October I had just been working on my own projects (both visual and musical) and waiting on responses. After meeting up with a friend and discussing my experience so far, they advices me to not wait on responses before applying to more places. I had been waiting on confirmation from a company on dates and this had frozen me in place. I am now making an effort to keep rigorously sending out applications, regardless of unconfirmed plans. However, after speaking to another personal contact I was able to get my first Freelance job, redesigning a website for a Football products company. Although this job is not something I would ordinarily be drawn to, as I have not done web design before, nor do I have any particular interest in football, at the end of the day it is still creative, it is still an experience AND it is a paid job!
So, this is my experience and where I am at right now. I’m trying to keep on top of everything and stay productive and proactive in my projects and my application process. Hopefully there is a little more success to look forward to in next few months, as I try to break through this wall into the professional creative industry.