Informational Interviews

What is an Informational Interview?

Informational Interviews are a great way to get to know your industry by reaching out to artists who have experience in the field. They’re useful in collecting information on how people become successful artists, who helped them, and what skill sets they use in their careers. Interviews are a good step to take when you want to network with artists you admire.

Keep in mind that these are not job interviews.

I’d like to encourage you to conduct your own interviews, make some connections, and get to know some really cool people who can help you become a successful artist.

Step One

Email or call an artist or organization that you are interested in getting to know better. Here is a template to help you get started. 

Hello (_________)

My name is (___________) and I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with you for 20-30 minutes to ask you some questions about your work and discuss the field of (_________). If you are willing, please let me know what times may be convenient for you. Thank you for your time! 



Step Two

Once someone has agreed to meet with you, do some research on them and their work. Then think of all the questions you would like to ask them. Don’t make the interview too long, just half an hour will do. Here are some questions to give you some ideas. 

  • What was your education or training like? How has it helped you in your field?
  • What makes this job or organization unique?
  • What is the biggest challenge you come across as part of your work?
  • Where do you see your work taking you in the next 10 years?
  • What advice would you give to a college student looking to work in this field?

Step Three

Make sure that when you meet, you are kind, professional, and appreciative. Bring a paper and pen to take notes. Treat the person and their space with respect and be sure to be kind to everyone they may be working with. You never know who will be able to help you or need someone like you on their team so give a good first impression.

Again, these are not job interviews.

Final Step

Once you’ve completed the interview, send them a thank you email. Send it as soon as you can and again be professional and appreciative. If it went well and you want to stay in touch, you could network further by adding them on LinkedIn or social media.

Go Interview!

Now you can go out and learn! Start contacting people you know and people you want to know. Remember to be kind, professional, and eager to learn.