How do I make it in a costume career?
I am looking to pursue a career in the costume industry specialising in costume making and would really appreciate some advice of how to break into this industry.
I have completed a Level 3 Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship with a textiles manufacturing company and have a good foundation of how the textiles industry works from this. I have completed a work experience placement with the costume department and the Theatre Royal and currently volunteer at a local amateur dramatics theatre group, helping make and dress the actors and actresses in their costumes.
I am regularly looking our for jobs and other opportunities in the costume sector and am always thoroughly researching the industry and opportunities nearby. Unfortunately due to living in a small county in the South of England, it does reduce opportunities and jobs available to me in this industry. I have tried looking further afield from home but due to funds and what with most opportunities being unpaid, it makes things very difficult and not entirely practical.
I was wondering if you had any further advice you could offer me, or if you could think of anything else that I am not already doing/have already done.
Many thanks for your help.