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January 17, 2020 /Adobe /Creative /

Apply to Adobe Creative Residency 2020: 2019 UK Creative Resident Octavia Bromell Shares Her Experience

The Adobe Creative Residency programme empowers talented individuals to spend a year focusing on a personal creative project while sharing their experience and process with the creative community, offering mentoring, a full salary, networking opportunities and the chance to turn a creative dream into a reality.

Open for applications to those in the early stages of their career and with an interest in creativity, the Adobe Creative Residency is a chance for aspiring creatives to turn their part-time passion into career progression.

With applications to the 2020 Adobe Creative Residency closing soon, we spoke to 2019’s Creative Resident, illustrator Octavia Bromell, known as Tink, to get her thoughts on how she found the Creative Residency programme and her tips for creatives interested in applying to this year’s programme.

Q: What has been your favourite part of the Creative Residency programme?

A: The best part for me has been becoming part of this amazing worldwide creative community. I didn’t go to art school and so didn’t really have many peers, but I now have a whole network of people that are in the same boat. Life as a freelancer can be challenging, and incredibly rewarding, and having people to celebrate or vent to can be the best thing in the world!

Q: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned during your time as an Adobe Creative Resident?

A: I think my biggest takeaway at the moment is that being yourself is the best thing you can be creatively. Anyone can imitate others, adapt ideas and retell existing stories, but your own unique perspective on life and how you convey that is really powerful. When it comes to making work in a digital world, there’s always the risk of copycats, but original ideas are hard to come by and as long as you’re always creating, you’ll be fine.

Q: Why would you recommend Adobe’s Creative Residency Programme to other creatives?

A: I really cannot recommend this experience enough. It’s such a unique experience, having a year to figure out what it is you actually have to say. There is such immense power in having the financial and mental freedom needed to get to the crux of who you are as a creative. I have no doubt that I will be a more prolific and happier artist for the rest of my career because of it!

Q: What advice do you have for people applying to the 2020 Creative Residency programme?

A: Make sure that your application actually represents you as a creative. You have to think about it as if it’s the only example of your work they will ever see, so it matters what you get across! You should include plenty of examples of your work, and don’t be afraid to be bold with your ideas. Worst case scenario, you don’t get the residency, and if you’ve thought about your application properly you still have a great idea that really excites you, and has legs as a professional project. That in itself is gold dust!

Apply for the Adobe Creative Residency programme here – good luck!

Visit the FAQ page to learn more about eligibility and creative fields of interest and get more tips on how to apply here.

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