So you want to be a professional artist?
I get asked a lot: how do you get work? How do you get your foot in the door? How do you break into the industry? How do you become “professional”? How do I become a concept artist? Or an illustrator?
And you know what? I’ve got the answer. It’s really not complicated at all. In fact, it can be easily broken down into two steps:
You need awesome, stellar, technically competent, exquisitely creative, appropriate work. You will not succeed with lousy work (except for the people who do).
Show your work to awesome people.
Once you’ve got some awesome work then you need to show it to the people who buy, commission, hire, sell, or appreciate it.
That’s it. That’s the “secret” of being successful. You can break each of these down into infinitesimal portions, but this is the big picture. Don’t get lost in minutiae and forget what you’re really shooting for.