How To Become A Critic: A Prequel to Criticism


How to Become a Critic: A Prequel to Criticism

Before you ask how to become a critic, you must first define what it means to be a critic. If being a critic means only to criticize then everyone is already a critic in their own way. To be a critic that people respect and be known in the medium you want to review is quite another thing and takes more skills, intellect and observation than the average person. 

To be…or not to be…


To be a critic is to love the genre or industry that you want to review. Can you review without an emotional attachment to it? If you are an excellent observer and have the attention to detail, than I am sure it can and has been done. But its more exciting and worth while when you are passionate about reviewing.


[pullquote_left]We believe that because you have that passion, you can review and compare creative works with your own set of criteria that pinpoints which things to look out for, for your audience.[/pullquote_left]When it boils down to it, your main job is to show a clear distinction of the worthy and unworthy of the medium keeping the audience pet peeves and experience in mind. However, its not just about the audience that you do it for; its solving your own curiosity – the tremendous understanding you feel when you “get” why and how the creator of your interest did what they did in creating the masterpiece or a dull waster. 


All It Takes Is Passion?


Most certainly yes. A passion for reviewing and a passion to debate. One of the main perks of being a critic is having debates with people who don’t agree with you. Debating is not the same thing as arguing. Sometimes the debate itself is more entertaining than what you are reviewing. That’s some serious fun even though it may not look like fun from viewing on the outside in.



The Steps To Respectable Criticism 


  • Learn all you can from the creative work you want to review such as techniques, processes, history, etc. It may not be necessary to write a review but you will be seen as more knowledgeable when making a name for yourself. 
  • Start writing notes while viewing the creative work. Note taking is pretty powerful to a critic as you jot down your direct chains of thought and observations.  
  • Start writing summary pieces and news updates of the creative work. You want to be informed of new announcements, updates and other news in the medium so that you can make your initial impressions when you finally summarize a creative work.  
  • Review for fun. You can begun reviewing creative works as a blogger. Get your feet wet and explore the various styles of reviewing. Not only will your skills increase but you’ll also get some great feedback as well as build an audience. 
  • Interview other critics. Want to know what a respectable critic looks like or writes? Research and interview some to find out. They can give you a bunch of tips to stay afloat. 
  • Go professional. When you are finally ready to make the leap into getting paid for your reviews, you’ll know. Research media outlets, shows, podcasts, radio stations, etc., that may pay you to critique works. These days, a person can make a name for themselves online using Youtube and Twitch TV and other video social sharing sites.  
  • Make your own web series. Host your own show critiquing creative works and you may be picked up my a local, national or global publication, outlet, or distributor.[/arrowlist]

The above steps were just some of the ways to become a critic. We recommend finding a mentor with a high success rate at being a critic for more detailed steps of becoming a critic in a particular medium. 

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