Create a work space
Try and have a designated space where you create your work. It might start out as a table in your bedroom at the beginning. If it feels right and once you start getting more work in, think about having a separate studio space that’s not your bedroom. This could be a space in another shared living area of your home, or if this isn’t an option and you can afford to do so, outside of your living area.
There are also artist residencies you can look into, which offer free studio space in exchange for an end-of-year exhibition or similar. Do some research, weigh up your finances, work stream and options and think about what will work best for you.
Connect with people you admire
Build up a database spreadsheet of people you would like to work with. Keep an eye out for art directors, picture editors and email addresses, and then once you have your website ready you can pitch yourself to them.
In your email, include a short paragraph explaining why you would like to work with them, why you’d be a good fit, 10 of your strongest images in an attachment and a website link to your full portfolio. It will feel like you’re sending out a lot of fruitless emails at first – but you’ll start hearing back after a while.