A lot of people ask me how to get into the interior design industry and I usually ramble on about such and such but the landscape has changed in the last decade. I need to adapt how I approach this question to how the modern world works, although, there are certain things that remain the same. I want to share with you two new ways to approach it and one old fashioned but still reliable way.
If you’re an aspiring interior designer, you probably have experience in 3d design software like Blender, C4D and Maya. Therefore, there is no doubt that you will have modelling projects laying around. You can put them to use and upload them to Behance, a website where digital artists can show off their work to peers and admirers alike. Try to post as often as you can but limit yourself to one project daily. You can then share your work on social media and even include links to it in your CV. This is the absolute best way to showcase your work in the digital age and is quite good to get into the routine of updating. If, however, you don’t use 3d design software and don’t want to pay a fortune for it, you can get Blender for free and there is an endless number of tutorials on YouTube to get you started.
Speak to People
Speaking to people can get you anywhere you want in life, as long as you are efficient, confident and charming. Of course, in the old days, this would mean doing it in person, but nowadays everything is done on social media. However, you have to know what you’re doing. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram are no good if you want to connect with professionals who are looking to take people on. LinkedIn should be your main goal, adding people you look up to in the design world and joining industry specific groups. From there, simply commenting on people’s post and posting your own regular content is enough to grab someone’s attention. Eventually, you will find yourself with many connections and place yourself at an advantage over the competition when new roles come up, as you will be the first person they think of.
Finally, we come to the old-fashioned way to get into interior design, volunteering! There is no easier way to demonstrate your skills to a potential employer than being sat in front of them. Many students do work placements as part of their university degrees and they potentially get offered a graduate place if they impress the business. For those that don’t get this opportunity, reaching out to businesses for work experience can be rewarding and get your foot in the door with a potential future employer. Research the company and its previous projects before you contact them, it gives you something lead your conversation with and shows you are interested in the company itself and not just the opportunity you want to be given.
Hopefully, these tips help you find your way into interior design and please feel free to contact me if you need assistance.