“Just start making and see if you like it!” Whoever you are, wherever you are from, your journey can take you anywhere.
Whether it’s getting a first hands-on experience in the creative industries, following your dreams – and sometimes changing course as your journey unfolds – there are opportunities for everyone.
Adobe has launched Love the trip, a campaign designed to help young people forge their own path in the creative industry and to learn from the not-so-linear career paths of others in the industry. As part of the campaign, we met three brilliant people who are leading the way in the creative sector. They have overcome obstacles, turned potential problems into opportunities, and forged impressive and fascinating careers. And maybe you can also …
‘Take the chance!’
Derin Adetosoye is a YouTube presenter and content creator, and her advice is: if you like it, do it. “If you want to be a presenter, get your phone’s camera and start recording your own song,” she says. “We’re in such a cool time where there’s a lot of accessibility to do things yourself.”
She built an audience on YouTube while studying for her baccalaureate – “I did my homework first so I could spend the evening editing” – and it wasn’t easy. Her well-meaning friends and family feared that she might not be wise to turn her hobby into a career, and even when her channel became popular, she was aware that “all my friends were partying – but what I do, that’s what I love and I wouldn’t give up that for the world ”.
And that’s the point: it’s your life and your career, and you can be proud of it. “Take the opportunity, believe in yourself, keep going,” says Derin. “If there is something that kindles the fire in you, don’t let anyone soften it. It’s your trip – so make sure you love it.
“There is a much wider landscape of opportunities now”
Samuel Douek wasn’t supposed to make videos for Little Mix and Kara Marni – he trained as an architect for seven years. But he wanted to follow his dream instead.
“It’s intimidating to get into something you don’t know anything about, especially at the cost of something that offers stability and a guaranteed future,” he says, but modern career paths are flexible: “The days of the generation of our parents where you had a career for life.
For Samuel, the ability to shoot DIY videos on his phone “democratizes the industry” and nothing stops any of us: “There is no difference between someone who self-shoots and self-publishes. on Vimeo to someone who is commissioned by a major label. ‘
Samuel also learned the tricks of the trade in all aspects of video production – “I fell in love with the whole process” – and treated every failure as a learning opportunity: “Thanks to the competition, I am got better and started winning projects. Every person faces challenges, it’s about how you deal with them.
And how do you keep improving? Samuel quotes the advice of Neon demon director Nicolas Winding Refn: “Treat every film as if it were the last.” If you love your career and you love travel, put it all in.
“What do I want to be paid for?” “
“Your career path is not linear,” says Doaly. His graphic design skills have created eye-catching movie posters for dozens of Hollywood studios, and one of them – showing Deadpool peeing on a skyscraper – amused the film’s lead actor, Ryan Reynolds so much, that he is now hanging in his house.
It’s a particularly impressive rise in design given that Doaly didn’t start in earnest until he was almost 40 years old.
“I wanted to illustrate because I wanted something fun to do outside of my daily job,” he explains. It made him so busy that he was effectively pursuing two careers – so he quit the day job he didn’t like and strived to push himself forward.
“When your day-to-day has become too easy, broaden your horizons. You only strive and improve when you have obstacles to overcome.
Doaly says your journey to a fulfilling creative career might start right there. “Go to local businesses, friends, family,” he says. “Pick these jobs when possible, even if they don’t pay a lot – as long as you can start learning, it’s a valuable experience. “
He has a brilliant suggestion for those tough first days: “Set your own brief – pretend it’s a real world brief and produce the work you expect to do in the future,” he suggests. “And build your portfolio for the job you want to do – what do I like to do?” What do I want to be paid for? ‘