Posting a little late this week but better late than never eh? Working in a creative field is no easy task. One difficultly many of us experience is finding our niche and discovering our own unique style. When we finally discover the perfect job/field we want to work in, the next problem is that old classic - Catch 22.
When we start applying for jobs we quickly discover that everywhere seems to want someone with experience, but if we can't get a job how can we get any experience? This is a very frustrating situation, particularly if you want to work in a creative field. I have discovered after reams of research there are few opportunities that allow you to gain work experience and creative apprenticeships seem to be very, very thin on the ground.
So what do you do? The old phrase ' Nothing will come of nothing' comes to mind. If you want work experience you have to get out there, pound the pavement - so to speak contact companies, email, and call and generally harass people until someone gives you a break. Much easier said than done but it seems to be the only way. The other option is to work freelance but this is not an easier option. You still have to seek out clients to employ you which can be just as difficult, if not more so.
The following photos are my first steps down the long work experience road. They are 3 separate jobs I assisted a freelance model maker with. The first was simply planting trees on an architectural model. The second was making fencing and doing a little thatching on a model of a crannog for a museum. The final one was some simple sanding and filling on a chair. This chair was for a primary school. The design looked like a pile of school books, it was quite pretty. This work was very useful in showing me just how wide and varied freelance work can be.