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Diversify Your Talents In A Struggling Job Market

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We made the decision to pursue a career in the creative industry, in a specific art, whether it’s to become a writer, dancer, artist or designer. We spend a lot of money, time and energy going to school, getting the training to develop the skills and the knowledge in that chosen profession. All the while, hoping to actually be able to make a living doing the very thing we felt passionate about when we first embarked on that path.

But what happens when you find yourself in the midst of a struggling job market with fewer opportunities in your trade? How do you deal with being repeatedly turned down, because the employer was flooded by applicants? In the state of our economy, creative professionals are having more and more difficulty finding jobs that match their qualifications.

One of the advantages to being a creative individual is that you have the ability to approach a problem from multiple perspectives and apply your creative skills to other applications. Don’t be afraid to diversify your gifts and talents towards other forms of creative work. Stay open to the idea of branching out even if it’s in an area outside of your trade.

This doesn’t mean you are turning your back on your chosen profession. Nor does it mean you have failed your dream. It’s more about finding creative ways to make adjustments in order to ride out the waves of this challenging economy.


Although facing repeated rejection and disappointment can be distressful and taxing on your confidence, try not to take it personal. Part of adapting and surviving changes in the job market is to resist the belief that there is something lacking in you. Remember many creative professionals are experiencing the same struggle.

You are a multi-dimensional, creative, gifted and diverse individual. You have the ability to endure and apply yourself in ways that will help you rise above any career challenges or survive a lull in the job market.

This is a cross-post from The Art of Mind.

Lisa A Riley, MA, LMFT is a Creativity Coach and has spent more than nine years working with creative individuals such as artists, actors, designers, musicians, writers, and actors. She “helps to empower clients to take steps towards enhancing their creativity and move closer to becoming the artist they envisioned themselves to be”. See her multiple ‘Products for Your Creative Success’ on her site The Art of Mind.

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