How to get a Graphic Design/Layout Artist Job

I am looking to change careers. I have a BFA in photography and have taken graphic design classes. I have invested personal time in learning the programs used in graphic design studios and production, I still have a lot to learn though, to be considered proficient in these programs, I feel. I have designed my own Christmas cards and card designs for the last 18 years as well. I am trying to get an interview ( I am willing to start at the bottom!!) with a company for a layout artist position. I applied but I know my work expereince isn't what they're looking for (i've worked with special needs kids for 9 years), but I know I could do this job. What do I have to do to make myself look more qualified, short of lying??? I have personal experience and a great interest in graphics and would like to get this layout artist job as a kicking off point. How can you get the experience needed for a job if no one will give you a job to begin with?? What can I do at a personal level?? Thanks, ~Lisa

Asked By: LisaLisa1568 - 7/31/2008
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You can probably get an internship or an entry level position with little to no experience (it's good you're willing to start at the bottom). But honestly, I don't think you will get the opportunity to be even a bottom-dweller until you have at least an associate degree in graphic design... More
Answered By: EL Block Creative Studios - 7/31/2008
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You will need to get a degree in Graphic Design unfortunately.Companies aren't looking at you because even though you have the experience and know how they still want a degree... More
Answered By: Kate - 7/31/2008
Well, let's look at some hard facts first. (I'm a designer who runs her own agency, and has been freelance successfully for 28 years, with awards... More
Answered By: clvngodess - 7/31/2008
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