a letter to unemployed creatives.
if you did, hi.
if not, hi anyway.
i was an unemployed job seeker. for a year and a month. it was depressing. demeaning. annoying. mundane. and, at times, belittling.
but. (there is always a but.)
i ended up getting an amazing job.
but it didn't happen how these sort of things used to happen. nope.
i had to network.
you. must. network.
i was just talking to a fellow copywriter who has been unemployed and freelancing for awhile. he said, "it seems like in order to get anywhere these days, you HAVE to know someone."
he couldn't have been more right.
so start making them.
spend your free time (and i know you have lots of it) attending industry events. take leaders in our field out for coffee. pick their brain. ask them for suggestions, advice, anything. because these things, if you do them well, will eventually lead to a job.
but you have to be patient.
like more patient than you have ever been.
and you have to continue to produce work. somehow.
try a self-promotion campaign. (it worked for me.)
and in the meantime, consider contract jobs. they pay the bills. and you'll meet more people. and make new connections.
but mostly, don't stop creating. because if you really want to be in this field - this arena that requires us to be inventive, idea-generators, amazing, fresh, talented and quick - you must never stop practicing. growing. becoming better.
read a book (or five) on advertising or creativity or both.
and mostly, stay connected.
because you never know if the next person you meet could lead to the job you've always wanted.