As the end of the school year comes to a close we see many new and eager graduates entering the creative field. As a graduate what better way to kick start your new adventure than with some wise words aimed directly at you from Chase Jarvis himself?
Chase Jarvis has been in the industry for quite some time, so when he offers some advice, it really is worth listening to. The man has been around the block, so to speak. In this video he breaks down some of the misconceptions new graduates have when entering the workforce:
1. Be Great At Your Craft
Seems kind of obvious right? Chase makes a good point though, the learning does not stop after school. Many graduates think they are taught all they need to know in school and that once they hit the working world its just a matter of applying those skills. Truth is, there is a life long journey of learning ahead of them.
2. Learn The Biz
They can teach you all the practical knowledge at school but often times a formal education is a bit soft on business. Most schools don't teach you the day to day operational requirements of actually running a photography business. Furthermore many new photographers have this naive attitude towards selling that pits it in a negative light. This can really hinder their performance. Learning to sell effectively in the industry is a must have skill.
3. Take Risks
There is no BETTER time in your life to take risks. You are young with fairly minimal responsibilities. Most new graduates are not tied down to a family, a home, or large financial burdens. This is the time to explore the world, live out your dreams, and test those "what ifs".
All this is very sound advice and not just for graduates. If you are entering this industry, welcome, and I hope you count Fstoppers among the resources that helps get you started!
[via Chase Jarvis]