Initially I was working at Auto Italia two days a week for 10 months and was later kept on as their production coordinator. Luckily this was a paid opportunity, however due to London being soul-crushingly expensive, I also worked full-time at a pub, alongside doing more art department stuff. Everyone hopes they’ll land their dream job after graduating, and I spent my first couple months really resisting getting a supplementary ‘normal’ job. But in hindsight I probably wouldn’t have been able to stay in London without it. Sometimes life stuff gets in the way; make sure you have that thing that pays the bills – regardless of whether you think it has impact on achieving that dream career.
Get down to business.
I don’t think there’s enough emphasis prior to graduating on the logistics of being a freelancer. I had to really motivate myself to learn the business side of it. I don’t know anyone who finishes uni knowing how to fill out a self-assessment tax form. There’s a lot of admin, which can be daunting, but don’t be afraid to ask your peers for help. I’m fortunate to have met a lot of people over the year that have helped me wrap my head around this!
Don’t be scared of rejection.
During my first couple months after graduation I sent email after email to production companies looking for work, and nine times out of ten, they wouldn’t reply. It can be difficult not to take that personally, but it’s important to retain confidence in your abilities. Be persistent!
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