So many Delamar Graduates can remember their ‘lucky break’ – one big opportunity that opened up doors and contacts within the industry. This lucky break often connects them with that person who keeps asking for them on jobs. Luck is a concept in the freelance world that certainly deserves some merit. The right time and place can often be a recipe for success. Some people are humble and feel so lucky to keep being able to do something they love. Indeed, if this is how you describe your career then you are most fortunate. We pride ourselves on providing this career path at Delamar, as the incubator, the cheerleader and the giver of opportunities, years and years down the line. But how much of anyone’s success is down to luck?
The least likely way to attract good luck, is by sitting at home. Luck can present you with an opportunity, or a few opportunities, but it cannot sustain you. Usually, being in a position to receive a lucky break involves a positive approach to working, being in the company of creative professionals, and generally having good relationships with people. Luck will not keep you working for a year and beyond. Your skill set, work ethic and personality will do that. In which case, you will keep getting recommended and booked. The more you become a part of this industry, the more opportunities that will present themselves to you.
Case in point, Anja Joy Bont: Less than one year into her career, as fashion make-up artist and hair stylist, this Delamar Graduate has to make decisions on which job to accept, with as many as 4 jobs offered to her for a single day. Sure, not every day is like this, but it’s becoming a nice problem, a regular conundrum in knowing her opportunities and contacts have infinite possibilities on each job. Should she assist on Dua Lipa’s hair for a music video or do an eCommerce shoot for Wolf & Badger? With English as a third language, and no contacts before coming to the UK 18 months ago, Anja is a brilliant example of what’s possible. Anja is not lucky; she’s very skilled, hard working and has a great energy on set. People keep on booking and recommending her. Luck has very little to do with it at this point. You can read all about Anja’s 10 days in Cannes here.
In essence there are lucky opportunities, but the right people make the most of them, and the wrong people show that they are either not the right fit, or just not ready. We often tell students that there is a place for everyone in this industry. Your personality will be right for some teams and wrong for others, your level of skill, confidence and attitude will not fit the subsections of every industry, and that’s OK. This is YOUR career after all. However, if you aren’t getting rebooked, something needs evaluating.
If you see someone doing really well, do not put it down to just luck. As Sian Miller said to our graduating 1 Year students:
“If you don’t get asked back by people on jobs, maybe it’s time for some self-reflection. Why did someone else get the opportunity? What is it about you that isn’t working?”
There are months in the year where the industry is very quiet, so don’t panic in January, even the best people are twiddling their thumbs in January. Just be reflective and ready to learn what is required of you to get the same jobs as your “lucky” contemporaries. We can tell you that ultimately, luck has very little to do with it.