Design Your Career with a Whiteboard

2 Lessons
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All Skill Levels
0h 55m
Spanish, English
DISCLAIMER: While this course was filmed in 2014 with minimal editing and has low production quality, the core concepts and knowledge shared are timeless. The insights you'll gain from this course are just as relevant and applicable today as when I first recorded it.

Art students get degrees. A year later, they can’t get work as artists. They call me for help.

I’m never surprised. Getting work is difficult. It often takes more energy to get clients, or a job, or a supportive fan-base, than it takes to get through school.

My response to these students is “First, get a Whiteboard…”

A dry-erase board in your studio is one of the most valuable tools for designing your career. You fill it with a chaotic mix of your skills and interests, your contacts and options, your dream job and your current responsibilities, then you seek connections and consolidations, gradually evolving the chaos into hopeful order. A whiteboard is a map of the uncharted territory of your career as you explore it, and maps help you get where you want to go.

In August 2014, I presented a seminar at Fullerton College showing how this approach has helped me and how it could help anyone seeking a career in the arts. We recorded the lecture and refined this video into a boiled-down-to-the-best-of-it presentation.

What you will learn
1Use Visual Tools for Career Planning
Maps and whiteboards are useful for planning your career as they allow you to explore different paths and options.
2Be Flexible and Ready to Change
It's important to be adaptable and open to changing your plans when needed, just like editing and improving an idea.
3Welcome Unexpected Ideas
Random and unexpected ideas can lead to great discoveries, so it's good to be open to them.
4Customize Your Education for Your Career
Choose your education based on what skills you need for the career you want, especially if you're interested in being an entrepreneur.
5Embrace Chaos in Creativity
Accepting chaos and confusion as a part of the creative process can lead to innovative and new ideas.
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