Creative Careers for Humanities Majors

In general, the more glamorous the career goal, the fewer the openings and the higher the threshold to entry. The path to a career using your communication skills in the entertainment or media industry can involve a lot of hard work, rejection, and exploitation. That said, someone has to make the entertainment we all consume! Learning more about the industry, talking to people working in it, and creating your own material can help you figure out just how far your ambitions reach. Here are some links to help you start exploring.

Comic Books/Graphic Novels:

Are you a creative writer? Do you love drawing? If yes, you can think about the career of a graphic novelist. You may work in collaboration with others or independently. Benjamin Frisch talks about scripting, drawing, coloring, and lettering his own stories in  How does an Independent Comics Artist Work?

Tom King also shares how he composes a Batman script in How does a Batman Comic Book Writer Work?

Video Games:

Video Games are a growing industry that offers career opportunities for creative writers. The following link provides you with valuable information about games writing: http://publish.illinois.edu/englishadvising/2017/06/20/so-you-want-to-write-for-video-games-some-resources/

 

 

Screenwriting for TV:

You can think about developing your career as a screenwriter for TV shows. However, this is not easy and needs long term planning because the script has to pass through a number of stages before it is approved. Are you thinking if there is any way to skip the stages? Yes, there is. You can make your way to TV via straight-to-series approach, and then you do not need to go through all these stages. You will find more information about different stages and approaches through which a script is accepted or rejected in Chris Ming’s blog How Hollywood Works: TV

Best Strategies for Success? Make it Yourself

In creative fields, a lot comes down to what you can create. The more talent you can demonstrate, the better. The process is straightforward — but far from easy. The upside is, it’s up to you:

  • Make stuff.
  • Even better: make stuff with someone else.
  • Find your voice.
  • Have things to show people.
  • Get people to watch/read/play what you’ve made.

Also: Creative Projects Give You Additional Skills!

If you are actively engaged in producing creative content, you are not just writing. Your efforts may also require you to

  • evaluate the effectiveness of written communication,
  • give constructive feedback,
  • receive and use constructive feedback,
  • work closely with others on often sensitive and confidential material,
  • communicate across multiple platforms to many different audiences,
  • read a lot of complex material quickly in order to talk intelligently about it,
  • understand and work within a wide range of discursive contexts,
  • solve problems and make decisions in a context of uncertainty and incomplete information.

These are important skills, relevant to a wide range of professional settings, that will set you apart.