Expose yourself

So you want to be a successful designer or illustrator, do you? You've done your training, or you've undertaken a range of placements and clawed your way up in the industry and are now setting up solo. Perhaps you're even an established design company looking to take things to the next level. Whatever your current situation, you've got the kit, the portfolio and you're doing great work, but yet one crucial aspect might still be missing. Yes, you're going to need some clients, some projects and some good luck. One thing is for sure: work isn't going to fall into your lap or onto your laptop without some hard graft on your part. So, start making your own luck by getting out there and exposing yourself!

Self-promotion shouldn't be considered the icing on the cake; it's the meat and potatoes and the gravy, the veritable main course of your entry into the design world. Without a body of work to promote, though, you'll be on a hiding to nothing, so make sure you have the goods up-front and resist the temptation to start communicating with the movers and shakers of the design world until you're good and ready. However, if you have genuinely interesting, innovative work and you promote it, yourself and your skills well, you could be on the road to winning clients, picking up new projects and running a successful design business.

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