30 6 / 2014
Anonymous said: What is your job? Because I'm really confused as what you work as because your job seem fun and artistic, but I'm scared to have my job be in the art major because I'm afraid I won't land a job.
I am a Lead Graphic Designer for an international Japanese print/electronics company. I work at one of their many contract sites and I oversee the print center and basically clean up corporate logos/art/flyers/ugly stuff all day.
I never want to put anybody off from working in the art/creative industry, but I have to be realistic and say you need to have drive. I know that everyone wants to be successful and do only the kind of art they want to do (not saying that’s what you want, but it’s what i would want)… however, it is the boring everyday-stuff that really pays the bills.
Makeup artists: many people would want to be alex box (illamasqua) or some other head creative director …but the jobs that ALWAYS pay the most and come every year are: WEDDINGS and PROM…and regardless of what decade you are in, there are some very general things you do over and over.
Photography: same thing, you can want to be Steven Miesel or David La Chapelle, but the jobs that always pay MORE and come MORE OFTEN are ..weddings, graduations, big parties..etc
You really have to think about how to apply your major/skillset in a wide variety of ways. But all the while, working towards your own personal goals.
You have to stay hungry, and NETWORK YOUR ASS OFF.
I work a full time 8-5 job, Monday - Friday, but 60-70% of my weekend nights are spent either working on my freelance, portfolio, or personal projects.
The most successful people in any creative field, as I have seen it, have a combination of 2 of these things:
1. NETWORK (BE PLEASANT TO TALK/WORK WITH): this includes going out to meet similar professionals, volunteering and then landing paid gigs (never work free twice btw! always do work you’re proud of, but never let them take you for a free ride 2x!!) with creative companies or creative start ups, or making sure you meet the people in charge of projects you want to work on, or people who do hiring at places you want to work… you have to constantly make people aware of you and your skill set.
2. BE PROLIFIC IN DOING GOOD WORK: do a lot of work, always showcase your work. The more work you do, the better you will get, and the bigger amount of good work you will have to pick from when you show people. It doesn’t have to be 100% perfect/amazing, but consistent and good.
3. BE PUNCTUAL:
Not everyone wants you to be the next picasso, what they want is someone who they know can meet a certain level of expectations and someone who they don’t have to hound to show up or show theme the goods.
Working in a creative field often means that you will meet different people with different standards at taste levels…all you can do is do your personal best each time, be proud of what you’re doing, and be responsible.
That’s how you get work. There are a lot of people with vague descriptions of how to be successful..and that’s fine.
I work in a creative field doing the most asinine “creative” work. But I get to look how I look and nobody micro-manages me because outside my ‘creative’ skill set I’ve also got pretty good customer services/people skills. I’m articulate enough to leave people feeling confident that I will not mess up their jobs, so they really don’t care what I look like, and I always let them know in the most non-confrontational way, my appearances do not effect my ability to get shit done, get shit handled, all while smiling and letting any kind of insult roll right off my shoulder.
You can definitely get a job in art, you just have to broaden your vision of what “jobs in creative fields” entail, and what other skills you have that can be used to benefit yourself in the professional work environment.
This!!!!! I support my cosplay lifestyle 100% from my 9-5 Graphic Design job. I went to art school, and I have a BFA. You need to be able to drive yourself into success, and it won’t come easily. work hard and good things will come to you!
05 6 / 2014
Anonymous said: Hello Bethany~ I'm working on a spider woman cosplay, but I cannot figure out how to make her mask without it falling off my face lol can you help me out please?
Actually, my friend BelleChere might be a better source for that question! She made the most beautiful spider-woman next to my Ms. Marvel this past weekend :3 (here’s her tumblr! http://bellechere.tumblr.com/
05 6 / 2014
garterbunny said: hi there i noticed that you did a juliet starling cosplay and i was just wondering where you got your costume from. i'm so nervous about ordering just because i've heard horror stories of tiny socks and ill made skirts. if you could hint me in the right direction that would be great!
I made mine before the game even came out :3 everything but my beautiful nick’s head which was painted by Babs Tarr. I think I’ve posted my costume breakdown if you want to take the plunge and make your own!
But definitely let me know if you have any more questions! I know there’s a ton of information in there >___