We're having a course in school about working environment in the field of media, and had an assignment where we have to ponder if it's nescessary to "brand" yourself in order to make it in the art world today. Been thinking about this all day, and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts concerning the issue?
I understand you have to take some measures to gain visibility for yourself, but I personally live in the hope that my art would speak for itself. And that by taking part in projects and doing my work well would in itself be sufficient enough to make people aware of my excistence. And hopefully give me future job offers (talking about animation here).
Ah, I was afraid someone might say that. But I undesrtand it. It's a valid point. I'm just hoping that it would be enough to attend some happenings and take part in projects. Or join associations (I'm a member of Finnish comics society as well as the animation one). It's also good for my mental health, not feeling like I'm doing this alone, but having a sense of belonging. Like I'm part of a group. These networks also give a lot of support and inspiration.
Yes, I've noticed it can get pretty lonely working on your own. That's one of the reasons I decided to give networking a chance, and it's actually not as bad as I imagined. I'm just really shy and meeting and getting to know new people can be exhausting and overwhelming. I'm quite social once I start to feel comfortable, but that usually takes some time. I've reached the conclusion, that it's worth the trouble though. I'm still not at ease with people, but it gets better every time.
And thanks for sharing your policy on how you use your name! It's all food for thought.
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