Working out of a studio space can be a great way to further your practice; however, there are some considerations to make before committing to a studio.
If you enjoy working around other people then a shared studio can be a great way to get to know other local creatives. It may even lead to new collaborations, learning opportunities and all sorts of great outcomes! On the flip side – if you feel as though you need to have a space that is entirely your own without having to deal with the minefield that sharing space can often be, then perhaps you should look into finding a studio space of your own.
Before deciding to rent a studio space consider the following:
What can you afford?
What are the rental costs of a studio space, independent or shared? If you rent a space you need to be committed to using it regularly so that you aren’t wasting money. A shared space might be cheaper due to split costs, but you and your studio-mates must be willing to contribute to the space equally.
Where do you work best?
Do you like being able to bounce ideas off others and have a chat throughout the day or will you find other people working near you too distracting?
Are you prepared for this working environment?
A shared studio is a functioning work environment, and while it can (and should) be fun, everyone is there to create and be productive. Think carefully about the people you will be sharing a space with. You want your work environment to be a positive one, so make sure you get along well with everyone in the space.