Advice for getting into the Illustration industry...
As much as you love what you do, it’s also super important (and fun) to get out and network. Charlie Sells, (Founder / Creative Director / Managing Director, Jelly London) strongly advocated this point, stating that his advice for getting into the industry is to “make sure you stand out. Networking is key. Research your market”.
Basically – going out and being sociable is just as useful as working on your portfolio. Win win.
2. Showcase your work on different platforms
In this digital age, it’s now easier than ever to get your name ‘out there’ and the more platforms your work is on, the more likely it is you’ll be discovered.
Jonathan Hedley put it like this, “don't just sit in your house and think that the phone's going to call and work is going to come to you. You've got to go out there and find it. Get on as many websites as you can. There's loads of platforms - Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, The Dots”. Be proactive, make it easy for others to find your work and the phone will be sure to ring soon after.
3. Apply to do projects for people and brands you respect
At the end of the day, we all need to keep food on the table and more often than not will apply to any project But you’ll be more passionate and driven working on project and for people you respect – so stick to your guns! As Ben’s key advice for an illustrator to be commissioned is to, “go for the people that you really want to work for”.
4. Go see editorial clients
If you’re just starting out Fig Taylor (Portfolio Consultant, Association of Illustrators) recommends illustrators should, “start by going to see editorial clients. Because they embrace every subject matter, and use every conceivable style of illustration. And it's also a very direct process”.