Marie Alberto, (Hons) Design for Art Direction
I guess the rule number one is to know yourself. We are often influenced by various things and people. We deliberately choose different approach when making something, thus it can be easy to loose ourselves in someone else’s shadow.
In terms of searching a studio, I would say it is important to know yourself in order to know what you would be looking for. Know your personality and try to meet HR, producer, art director or even creative director (and see/feel if you could work along with them), know your taste and the company’s taste, your values and the company’s values, your work ethic and the company’s work ethic.
The attention you would receive from a big or a small studio can be quite different. So beware. Although, you wouldn’t know the environment of the studio until you visit the studio and meet the people working there.
You may want to consider applying on anything and everywhere but before that, look out for what you don’t like and pick up what you like. You can like anything but you can’t like everything. But at the end of the day, for the risk-takers, just try everything and loose nothing.
No matter what the size of the company, what matters is a good energy and that you must feel comfortable with your new design teammates.
NB: It is important to know yourself when applying to studios as the internships might land you to a real job after your final year.
(Once again, this blog post is written by a picky person)