Frankly, a lot of people aren’t doing what they love.
Better work-life balance, improved job satisfaction and pay are only the few of the reasons behind these disappointing figures. One key point for aspiring creatives is the belief that they are unable to break away from temporary 9-5 jobs, worked in order to “fill in the gap” and have financial stability, with hopes for a big break in their creative craft.
After attending the talk in Peckham, a clear understanding was made of the reasons behind the fear of breaking away from these temporary jobs.
People living in London are experiencing financial distress, especially with worries of what the future holds in regards to our economy. A lot of this is fuelled by the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Uncertainty with our economy lead people to think finance first. Playing it “safe”, and opting for a job you don’t actually enjoy may seem like the more stable option. However, the panel taught the audience to take the plunge and believe in your craft giving advice on how to make it.
Nail artist Jessica Thompson, who began her career as a nail artist working at a popular nail salon Wah Nails in Dalston, explains to the audience that in order to excel in your craft you must recognise and take every opportunity. If you feel as though there isn’t enough coming your way… create them. Jessica started doing nails for free just to get her work out there.
Can’t pay for promotion? Create your own says Jessica. Doing clients nails for free gained Jessica the exposure she needed to go on to working for brands such as, Moschino and Sophia Webster.
Use social media platforms as a public portfolio. There is no harm in showing your followers what work you are capable of producing. You may use it to gain potential customers but also find like-minded people who are interested in collaborating. The panel also expressed the importance of collaborating, as this gives your brand a chance to not only broaden your brands market but also grow contacts and network within your particular faculty which can lead you to a grow outside of social media platforms. Who knows, Instagram could be your new Tinder, but for wavy collabs with other aspiring creatives? Possibly even established brands.
Jessica has also explained how she sets two daily goals before bed in order to have a productive morning the next day which makes her feel accomplished once completing them. Take notes, it’s worth a try!