INDUSTRY TIPS: AUDIOVISUAL DESIGNApril 25, 2014
Bridging the gap between graduation to employment ain’t no stroll in the park – in fact, it’s like a real-time version of The Apprentice, except you’re probably not brimming with boring buzzwords and a false sense of self-importance that would make Kanye look humble.
To help you get ahead of the job-hungry pack, we hunted down Amsterdam’s Boyband Collective – a group of experts who know just what to do when taking your first steps into a creative career.
Thomas Nuijten – Audio-visual Design
Thomas Nuijten graduated with first class honours in Audiovisual Arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent [Belgium]. Influenced by culture and fashion, he’s put his filmmaking abilities to music videos and commercials.
Below are Thomas’ stellar tips on how to get going in audiovisual design.
To be seen, you have to build an audience. You can start doing this even while your studying. Send your short films and work to festivals or exhibitions, but refrain from pushing your work out there too early; make sure it has a clear and coherent vision.
Another way to build an audience and get your project partially funded, is through crowd funding. They’ll give you feedback as well as helping with the finance element. Funding doesn’t even have to be monetary – for example, post-production houses may offer their services for free. Not only does this keep costs down, it also expands your network.
Unfortunately the business isn’t only about talent. You need to be known. When you want to crack into a film sector, it can be invaluable to start an internship. This way you’ll be able to expand your contacts and get to know the right people in the business who you might need to call on later.
Don’t limit your work to a specific genre or medium. Keep experimenting, both in your own field as well as other disciplines, and keep in touch with other artists.
It’s unlikely you’ll immediately find your dream-job. A lot of people end up working jobs in shops or restaurants after graduating. But don’t let this get to you. The most important thing is to constantly keep in mind what you want, and work to get there. Although it might be hard alongside your day job, keep creating. Otherwise you might as well just give up.
Head back to our student hub to find more tips from the BoyBand Collective, details on student events, plus a cheeky 20% off with Unidays too.