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Whether you recently graduated in fine arts, are starting a fledgling career in arts administration, or are just trying to figure out your next steps, planning a career path in the creative industries can definitely be challenging.

To support you on your journey, we’ve compiled a range of resources from our extensive archives to help you set and achieve your creative career goals.

Where to start

Where an art degree can take you

Part of beginning your career journey is understanding the values ​​you bring to the arts industry and beyond. ArtsHub spoke to several professionals inside and outside the field about the opportunities and skills their arts degrees offer.

Competition area for art graduates

How can emerging artists and creators navigate an increasingly competitive post-COVID career path? Penny Griggs, CEO of Adelaide Central School of Art, and Steven Alderton, Principal of Sydney’s National Art School, share tips on where to look for opportunities, including in the booming regional sector, and how to start a five-year plan for post-graduation created.

Internships: valuable work experience or glorified volunteering?

If you’re a recent graduate and know you want to work in art but don’t know where to start, ArtsHub’s latest article on internships can help you weigh whether this path is right for you.

“The goal of an internship is to accelerate your learning in a real commercial environment. Commercial means doing “real” work. It may not all be as creative as you might like, but it’s a perfect opportunity to participate in a real-world environment and validate that it’s the career you aspire to,” advised Carol Mackay, Chair of the Internships Change Management Group.

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Skills for Performing Artists
Skills for Visual Artists
For writers at the beginning
Tips for artists
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Skills for Performing Artists

Be the center of attention with online auditions

Online auditions are now common practice and offer greater accessibility for those unable to travel. Consequently, actors and other performing artists must excel in digital auditions to make the most of every opportunity. While a familiar environment can make living room auditions less intimidating, certain preparations can ensure your virtual audition, video, or self-recording still looks professional.

Train actors for the long haul

Australia’s first online resource for young and aspiring professional actors, The Long Haul covers topics such as working with agents and agencies, dealing with rejection, building positive relationships with peers and colleagues, financial advice and good mental health and well-being.

Skills for Visual Artists

Is your art a hobby or a business?

Sometimes our artistic practice is a business. Sometimes our artistic practice is a hobby. Occasionally, our art business is a hobby masquerading as a business. There are a few ways to determine which of these categories most accurately describes your artistic practice.

10 career hacks of famous artists

From hoarding your privacy to embracing your inner child to ensuring you create lasting art, some of our greatest contemporary artists share their wisdom.

Artist branding tips

Compelling storytelling is at the heart of branding and can help artists strengthen their connection with audiences.

Why you need a consignment contract for your work

While mistakes are inevitable in the beginning, it is important to protect your interests both financially and legally. Whether you’re an artist sending artwork to a gallery for potential sale or exhibition, or you’re a craftsman or manufacturer abandoning production work in a shop or gallery, you need to protect yourself with a consignment contract.

For writers at the beginning

10½ commandments of writing

Common suggestions for authors don’t work for everyone and should be approached with caution. Here are 10 considerations for writers, with an added free bid.

How do you define an “up and coming” writer?

The term “aspiring” is meant to help identify up-and-coming writers who need support, but too often it’s categorized by age. This piece encourages you to think outside the box when you feel you have run out of options but are just beginning your writing journey.

The Debut Author’s Journey and What Comes Next

If you’re wondering what it takes to get your first book published, hear from those who have already crossed the stream. The interviewed authors all took different paths to achieve their goals and to support their projects financially.

Applying for an arts grant for your literature project

Want more insight into finding the finances to support your literary project? Here is a detailed guide to get you started.

The pros and cons of recording audiobooks

Audiobooks are on the rise and it can be a great way to attract a new audience if you’re an aspiring author. We invited writers and industry experts to share their experiences working with audio platforms, including their insights into costs, collaborations, and how the market is evolving.

Tips for artists

Cover letters that shine from the start

While channeling creative impulses into a cover letter isn’t a bad idea, basics like good grammar and spelling, being authentic, and just nailing the structure are a good place to start. Here, together with recruiting experts, we advise you on how to stand out from the crowd when applying for a new position in the art industry.

The saying “fake it till you make it” just got easier thanks to Zoom

Tips for a successful virtual interview and why there are more advantages than disadvantages of conducting it online.

Essential skills of a great art steward

Keeping multiple balls in the air is one of many qualities the successful art curator must master. We asked a range of arts administrators from across the country, some at the top of their game and others still aspiring, about the elements of their skills that they felt would be most useful to them.

Additional Resources

These apply to a broader spectrum of creative people and young professionals:

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