If there is one thing we encourage, it has to be listening to our peers. We know that it builds a stronger community and creates easier relateability.
We often get requests for tips on starting, sustainability and making it – and we don’t always have the answers.
So we tapped some of friends and collaborators on the continent and diaspora and this is what they offered as tips.
“Be true to yourself and learn to trust yourself more”
Photographer Kgomotso Neto
“Know all you can about the business side of your creative work, know the value of your work too, it helps with not being exploited by corporates.”
Artist Handirubvi Wakatama – Bridging the Gap: Exploring the Relationship Between the Developing Artist.
Figure out what success as a creative means to you –
As an individual, I view success as any goal that can be accomplished.
However, as an artist that will soon acquire student loans, my definition of success is, the ability to gain as well as maintain financial independence.
Success must be considered as a personalized experience, it functions based on significance and can change at any given time. Typically, it is the responsibility of the individual to decide whether success is a goal that will improve overtime or function as a series of goals to accomplish with various stages.
2. Determine your career plan as a creative in the industry – A ‘creative industry’ is best described as an art related workforce that centralizes on providing services based on creativity, skill, and talent. Understanding oneself is the first step in finding a career of good fit, but adolescents and adults often have difficulty choosing careers because of their lack of understanding about themselves or the creative job market
In order for an artist to plan a successful arts based career, it is important to consider career management.
3. Apply Career management – Career management is defined as “the ability to build a career, to manage intentionally the interaction of work, learning and other aspects of life throughout the lifespan.
An artist can benefit significantly from practicing career management strategies
4. Practice Effective Career planning – do what you love, love what you do but do it purposefully and effectively.
5. Network – don’t be shy. The benefit of developing a creative identity is to find a family of support with like minds. Networking for the purpose of career development is a key factor and possible opportunity to gain work experience in your field.
Work hard, it won’t come easy.
Always think long-term and follow that vision
Know your worth but know your place.
Be kind and keep a tight positive circle
Oh and constantly Develop your creative vision and don’t let that vision be dictated by the vantage point of others.
Artist Skumbuzo Vabaza
“Get things done the time you say they will be done, make sure every piece you create is to your liking before you show it to the world (you can never take it back), stay true to your creative vision but don’t be scared to take criticism.”
Illustrator David Tshabalala
“Seek mentorship from established professionals by meeting/networking with them where they hang out outside the work environment. Keep refining your skill and support your peers with their projects. Enjoy your work and share it on your social media often.”
Creative Entrepreneur Wandile Ziqubu
Taking a chance with a dream and a passion that seems impossible to accomplish, changes the dreamer…Entrepreneurship is a long journey and you must always have fun. Once you doing something that you love and you having fun.it makes the bad days better.
Stay true to yourself, be honest with yourself, have a vision for your business and make sure you follow it through, Creative industry is not easy. Don’t give up.
So go out there and give them hell.