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7 essential skills for the creative industries

Katie Fiddaman

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The creative and cultural industries are one of the mainsprings of the British economy with levels of growth for 2016 more than twice the average for the economy as a whole (National Skills Academy). This blog will give you some of the skills that you might need in order to progress successfully into the creative industries.

1. Creativity

You don't need to be able to draw the best images or visuals. That's not what creativity is. Creativity is defined in the English language as:

"The use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness."

This may seem like an obvious quality to have but creativity is a skill that is really sought after when entering the creative job market. You need to show that you have a showreel that isn't just the same as every other showreel that the recruiter looks at. Incorporate creative ideas and methods as part of your portfolio to stand out from the crowd. Coming up with cool ideas, testing if they work, and failing fast to enable you to try again is a great way to show passion and resilience.

2. Communication

When working on the next blockbuster movie, there will never be one visual effects artist working on the whole film. There are lots and lots, even hundreds of artists working on the shots. Therefore, communication and teamwork are key skills to succeed. Being able to listen to instructions and cooperate with team members to solve problems and work through tasks will increase productivity massively.

3. Adaptability

The creative industries are constantly changing and developing, even more so with the introduction of new technologies. As an artist in the creative industries, keeping up with the technologies is key; but more importantly it’s your ability to adapt to the fast-growing environments that you will be working in.

"The creative industry is rapidly evolving, and even on a daily basis, what you work on will never be the same as the day before! Get ready to work in a fast pace environment, but by doing something you're passionate about, it should be exhilarating!" - Shanae Bedford, undergraduate Visual Effects alumni

The creative industries are growing and if they keep growing at the same pace, they could create 900,000 new creative industries jobs by 2030. This gives so much scope for budding creative students to find a place in the industry. The flip side of this is that you need to be able to change and adapt in these situations.

4. Working to deadlines

Being able to work to tight deadlines is also a key skill for the creative industries as you will be given a brief and you will need to have completed your task by a strict time in order to see how your work aids the bigger project.

Think of it like a big jigsaw puzzle - without all the pieces, the puzzle cannot be solved. The puzzle will therefore not be solved if you do not meet your deadline.

So keep up!

5. Time management

Similarly to this is time management. You need to have good time management in order to meet this deadline. People manage their time in a huge variety of different ways. Some people make lists, some prioritise their tasks and some use Gantt Charts and other visual formats.

Find a method that works best for you and stick to that method. The main thing is that you break down the larger tasks into smaller ones to make sure that your brain does not feel overwhelmed. Planning your time will enable you to make it through the task more productively.

6. Passion

Another key point, rather than a skill, is that you need to have a passion for the work that you are doing. Creative Roles can be very demanding and it is highly important that you are passionate about it so that you can put your all into it.

7. Proactivity

If you master all of the skills mentioned in this blog, you will be a more productive creative artist, allowing you to progress and impress recruiters.

Want a way into the creative industries? Check out the Escape Studios course list to see which way in you could pick!

7 essential skills for the creative industries
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