I am Marylin Chiaverina, Illustration and Visual Media student.
My Experience with searching for a job is still at the beginning: this is because I am insecure, and I am having a hard time looking and finding job listings for my profession. I am currently looking for jobs by using websites such as The Dotts, LinkedIn, Reed.co.uk and Zoek.
The lower points in this experience is how hard it is to find Illustration Internships. For this reason, I have been applying also for Graphic Design Internships which will not have ‘moving images’ under my responsibilities, as I do not have experience with animation software. I also noticed that there are quite a few jobs as an illustrator but those do not include internships, I am not applying to them as they require experience in the industry.
The high points of this experience for now is my plan, if I didn’t find a placement for September, I would have created a self-initiated project. I talked to Laura Vent, who helped me to create a plan and structure for the project and she explained me how to search for internships in the graphic narrative’s world. She also gave me websites for future contacts, Galleries and Festivals revolving around comics. I met up with her as a follow up from last year to make sure I was on the right path. Thanks to Laura’s help, my project is now on its way to be properly written down. I am planning to create a webcomic which will be based on funny stories of my life intitled Lin Trips; I decided to create this project because it has been a while since I wanted to create a webcomic and I like sharing funny stories with people. I chose Lin Trips as a title as I love puns and word plays: I wanted the title to be a joke about my clumsiness, it is also a reference to the videogame ‘Death Trips’ by Alberto Navarro which I found hilarious. The webcomic will be published on Webtoon because it is a platform I am familiar with, since I follow creators and their comics on it. Lin Trips will also be under a pen name as I am uncomfortable using my real name on the Internet, I was thinking about using Kaylin Hunter, so I would still have my favourite part of my name in it, this might change depending on its availability. The webcomic will be in a Tim Burton’s style mixed with my own as I believe this will make the webcomic peculiar enough to be noticed and will also represent me as a person and push my art skills further as I usually not use this style of drawing. I also choose a Tim Burton style because he is one of my favourite creators and his style quite encapsulates my love for creepy stuff like horror stories. This project will run throughout the year in between placements or other self-initiated projects so I will not lose days of experience.