Careers in Culture – Careers in Visual Arts and Crafts

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In pursuing a career in visual arts, crafts or design, you won't be alone. You'll find yourself working and sometimes competing with others who have aims and aspirations similar to yours. Here are some strategies for getting a jump-start on your career.

Be Knowledgeable

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Make Contact

Networking is a great way to connect with professional artists, craftspeople and designers. You can attend art exhibitions, art fairs, crafts shows, studio tours and open houses at art, crafts or design schools.

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Hone Your Computer Skills

No matter what kind of visual arts and crafts career you are interested in, computers have become an essential tool. Artists and craftspeople benefit from knowing how to use computerized accounting software to track their earnings and expenses. Nearly all careers in this discipline rely on the Internet – for example, e-mail, browsing, web design and e-commerce – to research, develop, market and promote products. Sophisticated electronic tools are essential in many aspects of this profession. Improve your employability by increasing your computer skills whenever you have a chance.