What we wish we’d known when we started working in the arts

Artists and arts workers from across the country offer up advice for their younger selves regarding the things they wish they’d known at the start of their arts sector careers.
Two artists sit on the studio floor, looking at a laptop and smiling. A vibrant painting sits on an easel behind them and picture frames and paintbrushes are scattered around them.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Looking back, we can see the pitfalls that await us with perfect clarity. We can also see the moments where we went wrong, the mistakes that helped shape us, the dead ends that nonetheless played a key role in helping us develop a particular aesthetic or our own personal management style.

Arts graduates today are most likely entering the sector with a greater awareness of some of the challenges they’ll face in the arts industry than those of us who embarked on arts careers in previous decades. It never hurts to be prepared.

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