Ted Talks are a great place to find the inspiration you need to kickstart your career. Not only are the speakers knowledgeable about their industries they are also great to watch to learn how you can conduct yourself with confidence. By simply watching their body language and how they carry their voices to a large audience, you can learn more than just the subject they are addressing.
These Ted talks in particular will inspire a professional renaissance and give you the courage to start along a new career path in the art world.
If you are unsure of what path to take?
Watch : Emile Wapnick’s why some of us don’t have one true calling
Emilie Wapnick is an award-winning author, artist, and community builder. She is the founder and creative director at Puttylike.com, where she helps multipotentialites (people with many passions and creative pursuits) integrate all of their interests to create dynamic, fulfilling, and fruitful careers and lives. In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes “multipotentialites” — in more depth.
If you are interested in working for an art fair or with African art.
Watch : Inside Africa’s thriving art scene with Touria El Glaoui
Touria El Glaoui is the founding director of the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, which takes place in London, New York and Marrakech every year. The fair highlights work from artists and galleries across Africa and the diaspora, bringing visibility in global art markets to vital upcoming visions. El Glaoui began her career in the banking industry before founding 1-54 in 2013.
If you are nervous about returning to work after a long break.
Watch : How to get back to work after a career break by Carol Cohen
Carol Fishman Cohen is the CEO and co-founder of iRelaunch, an author, a speaker and a consultant to employers, universities, non-profits and individuals on the subject of career re-entry. If you’ve taken a career break and are now looking to return to the workforce, would you consider taking an internship? In this Ted Talk Carol Fishman Cohen explained why she thinks you should. In this talk, hear about Cohen’s own experience returning to work after a career break, her work championing the success of “relaunchers” and how employers are changing how they engage with return-to-work talent.
If you are interested in a career in the arts that enables you to discovery unspoken truths
Watch can art amend history with artist Titus Kaphar.
Artist Titus Kaphar makes paintings and sculptures that reconfigure and regenerate art history to include the African-American subject. In an unforgettable live workshop, Kaphar takes a brush full of white paint to a replica of a 17th-century Frans Hals painting, obscuring parts of the composition and bringing its hidden story into view. There’s a narrative coded in art like this, Kaphar says. What happens when we shift our focus and confront unspoken truths?
If you want to work in art activism.
Watch : How I can use art to bridge understanding with Adong Judith
Director and playwright Adong Judith creates provocative art that sparks dialogue on issues from LGBTQ rights to war crimes. In this quick but powerful talk, the TED Fellow details her work — including the play “Silent Voices,” which brought victims of the Northern Ugandan war against Joseph Kony’s rebel group together with political, religious and cultural leaders for transformative talks. “Listening to one another will not magically solve all problems,” Judith says. “But it will give a chance to create avenues to start to work together to solve many of humanity’s problems.”
If you’re worried about the interview process.
Watch the art of interview with Marc Pachter.
Marc Pachter has conducted live interviews with some of the most interesting people in recent American history as part of a incredible series created for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. In this Ted Talk he reveals the secret to a great interview and shares extraordinary stories of talking with some of the famous people he has met during his remarkable career.
If you are interested in working in a museum.
Watch : Weaving narratives through galleries and museums with Thomas P. Campbell.
During his term as director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and now at San Francisco’s Fine Arts Museums, Thomas P. Campbell aims to make museum offerings both narrative-driven and accessible.
If you are interested in becoming a curator.
Watch: How I learned how to stop worrying and love ‘useless art’ with Luke Syson
As a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Luke Syson accesses the richness of European history through sculpture.
If you are interested in working with public art works.
Watch : Public art that turns cities into the playgrounds of the imagination.
Visual artist Helen Marriage stages astonishing, large-scale public art events that expand the boundaries of what’s possible. In this visual tour of her work, she tells the story of three cities she transformed into playgrounds of the imagination and shows what happens when people stop to marvel and experience a moment together.