6 Specialising when you make your start
In my experience it's easier to break into the industry by specialising in one category, rather than pursuing multiple skillsets. This is not the same as a genre – sci-fi, fantasy, historical, say – rather, it’s focusing your effort on one subject like environments, props, creatures or costumes. Choosing one of these means you can devote more time to mastering that individual craft rather than spreading yourself too thin, which means achieving less but in more categories. Art directors generally choose a “specialist” they have confidence in over a jack-ofall-trades. Selling yourself as the perfect person for a specific type of job reaps rewards. You can always explore other categories later.
Art directors generally choose a specialist they have confidence in