Art F City at The L Magazine: 7 Tips for MFA Graduate Job Seekers

by Paddy Johnson on July 18, 2013 · 0 comments The L Magazine

This week at The L Magazine, I give advice to MFA grads on finding a job. Teaser below:

About this time of year, recent MFA graduates start to panic: they’re out of school, they don’t have a job, and they can’t afford a studio because they’re expected to spend at least a year working free internships before anyone will pay them. Increasingly, I find myself answering students’ questions about how to land a job, much less start a career, in the arts. Here’s what I tell them:

Your only job is looking for a job. Tell everyone you know you’re looking for a job. You can do this in a mass email, but you should also send out personal emails. A human touch is nice. Don’t be afraid to send out unsolicited job inquiries. I got my first job at a gallery by blindly sending out personal emails to more than 200 galleries. Canvassing the job market works. (Don’t phone to follow up on an email conversation unless you’ve been invited to do so. It’s skeevy.)

To read the full piece, click here.

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