Should you have a career plan?

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Madeleine Dore

Arts careers are notoriously erratic but fortune favours the prepared mind. Successful people reveal the way they have balanced directing their careers with being open to unexpected opportunities.

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Arts careers are often described as non-linear, based on seizing opportunities rather than following a predictable path. ​Landing a position as an artistic director, actually getting published or finding oneself in demand as a performer is often described as a 'surprise' by many in the top of their field,  who see only with hindsight how the past has created the present.

About the author

Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator