The life of a junior creative is not the easiest thing in the world to navigate. Learning the ropes while learning about new clients (while probably dealing with new roommates and new neighborhoods) doesn’t leave much time for things like, oh, eating and breathing and sleeping. Most of their time is spent with their antenna up and their head down.
But not McKinney Junior Art Director Jade Song. Once she got her foot in the door, she took to her Medium page to show other aspiring creatives the way, offering actionable advice on everything from putting together a book — with or without portfolio school — to gaining access to creative minds for insight, feedback, and networking to a jaw-dropping and oh-so-complete list of resources.
And we’re not the only ones who think that her insight is incredibly helpful, We Are Next, an open resource for students and junior talent trying to break into the business, published a shorter version of Jade’s guide.
And while Jade’s tips on what to do are full of insight, she isn’t shy about sharing the mistakes she made in the pursuit of her dream, either. And it’s her honesty, openness, and positivity that transforms what might seem an impossible dream into something utterly attainable — if you know how to take that first step.