Advice to get into the Creative Industries

I thought I'd share a rather long-winded e-mail reply I sent to a young person who's quite good at making things like film and is interested in getting into the ad industry but doesn't know where to start. If you resemble this person you may find this useful.

Hi J,

I think it’ll help if you know how I got into the industry. It may give a hint at the journey you could start.

At the age of 15 I decided I was going to be a comic book artist. When I finished high school at 17 I sat down and created a graphic novel with a friend of mine. The longest comic I had made before this was 8 pages. This was 108 pages. I learned a lot and I also created characters for other projects that I shopped around at small educational comic book studios (this was South Africa in the 90’s so this was the only kind of professional work you could do in this field).

It then dawned on me that I didn’t know very much about anything. 

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