I’m not an artist but I want to work in the creative industries. Please help!
So you want to work in music or art, but you don’t know how to make any yourself? No problem. There are so many roles in the creative industries that will give you the chance to immerse yourself in art and culture, without having to be the creator yourself. To find these roles you just need to spend time thinking about which of the creative industries interest you and what roles would match your skills and strengths.
Before beginning to seek out different jobs (like the ones below) we recommend you spend time listing 5-10 creative industry areas that interest you and 5-10 things you’re good at. A good way to find what you’re good at (a simple way to say your strengths) is to think about what tasks you find relatively easy (and that others may find more difficult) that also bring you energy.
Once you’ve done this you can start checking out some of the different roles relevant to the creative industries. These are just a couple of jobs to get your search started:
Do you want to be part of helping a band to navigate their journey to the top? In this role you’ll be representing and helping to grow every aspect of an artists career. It could be contracts, tour schedules or looking after the health and wellbeing of your artists.
You might not be creating music or art yourself, but you could be great at talking about it and sharing it with the world as a presenter. You might be conducting interviews, reading news bulletins or working off-camera preparing programmes. If you love keeping up-to-date with art and sharing the newest and best trends this could be the role for you.
The arts community would cease to exist without great administrators who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to organise and keep different projects and places running. In this role you might be running a music festival, managing an art gallery, working in community arts projects or at a museum. What’s important in this role is that you’re motivated and organised as you could be doing roles like managing budgets, negotiating sponsorship and funding deals, working with local artists and marketing your projects through social media.
Are you someone who just loves writing and thinking about your local arts and music scene? As a copywriter you’ll be responsible for writing articles and general written content (like pamphlets or websites) to support and promote certain individuals or organisations. What’s important is that you have strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to proofread and to get your facts and spelling right.
Roadie/Production crew member
If you want to be part of the magic of a performance and are happy to be behind the camera and lights this could be the role for you. There are any number of production crew roles from those in musical theatre, to going on the road with a touring artist. Whether you’re loading and unloading equipment or setting up and managing sound and lighting equipment, this is an active role for those who love being part of a team to bring productions and shows to life.
These are just a few of the roles out there for those who are crazy about the creative industries, but don’t want to be a creator themselves. You can check out more roles through our Careers Database: https://www.careerhq.com.au/careers-database