The Hidden River

A badge of honour for creatives

The first step to your future creative career

Nothing feels better that working in creative industries for that first year, just like Rookies do in major league sports. That feeling of accomplishment after putting in so much hard work and perfecting your skills. Knowing that you are now part of such an exciting and cutting-edge industry of the future.

It might feel like a distant dream right now, but you've already taken the first step which is the hardest part. The next step, is to start your journey with the largest community of next-gen creatives that have the same passion for making games, films, animations, and bringing their ideas and designs to life.

Start your Journey
Quentin Marsollier
Artwork by quentinmarsollier

The journey is easy with the right support

So how does it work?

Our journey takes you from absolute beginner to industry professional in 5 steps. It doesn't matter where you start, which learning track you choose, or how long it takes. We are here every step of the way.

Live Sessions and Courses

Participate in free online courses designed to help you progress to the next level. Designed by Industry Professionals that started where you are right now.

Choose your Learning Track

Some people like to learn by themselves, others find going to a school or college the only option. We help you get the best from both worlds.

Interact with Professionals

Interact with industry professionals and people at your level. Have your questions answered, no matter how silly they seem.

Tutorials and Resources

Access thousands of free tutorials created by artists only a few steps ahead of you on their journey.

Build your First Portfolio

Build confidence by sharing your first creative projects in a safe and understanding community.

Earn Badges, Certificates and Level Up

The whole journey is gamified. Earn badges for sharing work, entering contests, and for helping other members.

Enter Challenges and Contests

Put your skills to the test with regular challenges and contests, designed to get you out of your comfort zone and see how much you've improved.

Attend Events and Meetups

Join us for real-world events and meetups hosted around the world to help you network and meet new friends on the same journey.

From Debut to Pro in 5 steps

From the moment you realise you have a passion for creativity, up until the moment you secure that first big job, we are here to help. Which level will you start at?

  • 01

    Debut

    You are eager to learn everything you can, but you don't know where to start. You have so many questions, and want to build a strong foundation of creative skills.

    Goal: Discover careers and develop strong foundation skills.

  • 02

    Player

    This is the main learning stage. You have narrowed down your career choice and you're spending time developing new skills and learning everything you possibly can.

    Goal: Narrow industry focus and develop core industry skills.

  • 03

    Contender

    You have a portfolio that is ready to share with recruiters. You are creating industry level projects, developing your soft-skills, starting to network and applying for jobs.

    Goal: Land that first big interview and job offer.

  • 04

    Rookie

    Just like in professional sports, you are officially a Rookie for your first year of creative employment. You still have plenty to learn, but you can see an exciting career ahead of you.

    Goal: Prove your skills in a professional environment.

  • 05

    Pro

    You have defeated the final boss level. You are now a professional artist working in the creative field of your choice. You are a creator. You have secured your place in one of the most existing careers of the future.

    Goal: Give back and help members earlier on their journey.

You are in good company

Your Skills are in High Demand

Right now, companies have never had such a high demand for content creation. Streaming is blowing up, games are breaking records, movies will never be stopped, and people all over the world are craving entertainment and new products more than ever. There are countless career opportunities out there for people with the right skills.

Animation

For those of you who love everything animation. Whether it's the latest Pixar movie or a simply bringing something to life.

Games

The fastest growing and arguably the largest creative media industry right now. There is something for everyone here, both creative and technical.

Design

For those who love to design products, interiors, motion graphics and everything else in between. Design is broad and is needed by all industries.

Fashion

Fashion is evolving into a high tech design space heavily reliant on AR/VR and new technologies to feed our demand for new products.

Film

One of the oldest and most magical artforms requires artists with all sorts of skills from creative through to project management.

...and more.

All industries need creative people to bring ideas to life. With the right skills you could work anywhere, including space.

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Helping Creators since 2009

Our team has been working in creative industries and helping artists up-skill and launch exciting careers for years, and we love every minute of it.

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Recent Testimonials

Morten Jaeger
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I personally think The Rookies is better than other sites, because it exposes you to the level of artists that you're competing against.

Pavani Boddapati
Weta Digital

Weta Digital is proud to partner with The Rookies, who are doing a fantastic job of supporting and promoting new talent.

Alexis Khouri
Substance by Adobe

The Rookies the place for up-and-coming artists to show off their skills. I would encourage all amateur artists to join.

Lisa Schachner
Rookie

The Rookies is an amazing opportunity to be seen by people in the industry and to get feedback.

Ben Macauley
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The Rookies journey has been amazing so far. I can't wait to see where I can go from here.

Jake Burstein
Rookie

I can't thank The Rookies enough for creating a platform for amateur artists all over the world to showcase their work.

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