McMINNVILLE, Ore. (PRWEB) June 18, 2013
There are jobs in the arts sector, but landing one doesn’t always happen overnight, said Jill Timmons, a professor emerita at Linfield College in Oregon.
“Musicians don’t walk into teaching or performing careers, and it’s rare for an artist to make it on talent alone," she said. "Creative people need to become entrepreneurs in order to find professional success.
“Start the process by realistically assessing your talents,” said Timmons, who provides arts management consulting through her company, Artsmentor. “Think about what motivates you and what you can contribute, and develop a vision of yourself, first and foremost, as an artist.
“Then craft a business plan, and remember that in the arts world there are many different career models,” said the Linfield College professor. “It’s important to be flexible and creative.”
Some simple tips can help aspiring artists find careers connected to their passion.
Tips for Landing a Job in the Arts
“We all want to have work that has meaning and purpose,” said Timmons, a classically trained pianist who has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. “We each have an idea in our hearts about what career success means to us. If we can shut out the noise of the world and get in touch with ourselves, we can create a plan that combines idealism and business smarts. It’s possible to not only survive as an artist, but thrive.”
Timmons’ new book, The Musician’s Journey: Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan, helps musicians and artists create successful career paths.
Timmons teaches at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. The small college offers a rich curriculum of liberal arts and sciences, including degrees in music, art, creative writing and theatre. Students participate in music performances, art exhibits, theatre productions and readings, and write for a campus literary magazine. Linfield also sponsors numerous cultural and arts activities.