By Varissa Washington, Creative Career Peer, ASU Career and Professional Development Services
As creatives, we spend our time in school specializing in our particular craft and cultivating new ways of thinking. Remember that your major and your future career might not look the same. When looking for opportunities after college, keep in mind some of the options below, as they could be a pivotal starting to your career.
Apprenticeships are programs where you get to work with an artist or company while developing your skill professionally. This looks different depending on the specific program, but often includes working one-on-one with a mentor(s) or working as performer in part of the company/organization itself. It is important to note that when interested in a particular company or troupe, an apprenticeship is a common bridge to said company. Though apprenticeships are an insightful opportunity for any discipline; they are most crucial for those with a focus on dance, music, or theater.
Artist in Residency Programs:
Artist in Residency programs are another opportunity outside of school. This type of experience is great because it is a unique space for an artist to develop more of their work. These opportunities are especially important for those who do not have a studio or the access to the machines needed for their practice. These programs are also location specific, so you could apply for a program that is close to home or even one that is held abroad. While most opportunities include free room and board, some even pay for your materials and other costs. Of course, having the chance to network with other artists who participate in the same residency or live in the same city is a befit as well. Plentiful and diverse, there are artist in residency programs for a wide array of specific needs and projects.
Are you a creative individual with an interest in teaching and promoting equity in k-12 education? Artist year is another opportunity to look into after graduation. Part of the AmeriCorps, Artist Year gives artists of any discipline who graduated with their bachelors the opportunity to teach and foster arts programs in schools with underdeveloped arts programs in cities across The United States. This year of service will not only provide teaching experience, but is an opportunity to contribute to the positive impact art has on our youth and communities.
Look for Jobs in Nontraditional Places:
Still thinking of other opportunities in the creative field? Art museums, schools, or concert halls are not the only places in need of your skills. Scientist need their discoveries illustrated, engineers and entrepreneurs need their end products photographed, and restaurants need their website laid out with design in mind. Make sure to look for opportunities in companies that might not have the ‘creative and artistic’ label attached to them. Some ideas include government jobs, tech organizations or STEM-related companies, as well as other business that might align with your own particular interest outside of art.