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Friday, June 24, 2005
   
Dear Bubby,

Hi. I'm 22 yrs old. In 2004, I graduated with a BFA in art/illustration. With no money in my bank account, I had to move back home with my folks. My hope was to get in to the art department of an ad agency, newspaper, magazine, or greeting card company -- or anything even remotely related to my desired field.

One year and maybe five soul-crushing, pointless, mind-dulling odd jobs later (mostly in the shipping areas of department stores), I've yet to land even a small amount of work in the art world. I set up a web portfolio, signed up for several sites to draw attention to my work, spend hours every night contacting companies for a shot at any kind of work either here or in my college town. It's all been to no avail.

I suppose my question (in a round about way) is, "what now?" My life up until now was structured only by my education. What does one do to get moving now?

Thanks for lending an ear.
From,
Waiting



Dear Waiting,

My, my, you surely had a rough time. If you want to get into the art world you must concentrate on writing letters and submitting your portfolio to firms that are producing work that you want. Sign up with an agency that specializes in your chosen field. Go to visit your adviser at your old alma mater. You will find answers there and a helping hand. Check the want ads in the Times: Call various firms that are in your field, get names of the person to contact. If not at first, keep trying and eventually you will strike the right person. Maybe not the job, but at least leads to search out. Be prepared to show your resume and work.

Keep at it. Those who seek are sure to find.
Good luck,
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