Storyboard Artist – Career Profile

What does a Storyboard Artist do? Where does a Storyboard Artist Work? ACR takes a look:
About Storyboard Artists

Storyboard artists draw storyboards for animated features, films, television commercials and other ad campaigns, music videos, and video games. The storyboard artist begins creating the storyboard after a concept or script has been written. The storyboard presents the “action” in a series of scenes (panel by panel), which allows filmmakers, advertisers, and producers to evaluate the project before beginning production. Storyboards are also used to provide direction during production.

Storyboard Artist Jobs

Storyboard artists draw scenes by hand or computer. They might sketch in black and white or they may produce full color storyboards manually or by computer. Also called “storyboarders,” storyboard artists work with producers, directors, and film crew from start to finish by sketching scenes during initial meetings, and editing or eliminating scenes as the project progresses. Storyboard artists may work in a film or other production studio, in an office setting, or even a home studio.

Storyboard Artist Salaries

Storyboard artist salaries vary greatly based on experience, benefits, the size and type of company, industry, geographic location, and other factors. For example, according to Indeed, storyboard artists in Burbank, California—the “Media Capital of the World,” average $86,000 per year. Head east to New York—considered the “Capital of the Modern World,” and storyboard artists average $105,000 per year, according to Indeed.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salary and employment information for storyboard artists as a single group, so another way to get an idea of what storyboard artists earn is to review earnings for illustrators. According to the Bureau, the average salary for illustrators is $44,850 per year. The highest earning illustrators average $91,200 per year and the lowest earners average $18,450 per year. Some story board artists are self-employed, so they may earn quite a bit more or less than the average salaries listed.

Becoming a Storyboard Artist

While formal education is not required for all storyboard artist jobs, many employer’s prefer to hire artists with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in art, fine arts, illustration, digital art or other related area. Experience is preferred as well. Aspiring storyboard artists may obtain valuable experience through an internship or entry-level position. Some storyboard artists with exceptional talent, but little formal training may qualify for some entry-level positons.

Job Trends for Storyboard Artists

Employment of fine artists such as illustrators is projected to grow four percent for the 2012-2022 decade. This means, the talent pool will increase from 28,800 in 2012 to 29,900 by 2022. Projected growth for this occupation is slower than the average for all occupations. However, according to the Bureau, “demand for illustrators who work on a computer will increase, as media companies use more detailed images and backgrounds in their designs.” Further, “new opportunities are expected to arise, as the number of electronic magazines, Internet-based publications, and video games grows.”

Awesome Animation Fact: When it comes to creating likable characters, sometimes it’s best to go back to the drawing board until you get it right. According to Yahoo!7, one of the world’s most loved animated characters, Woody from Toy Story, was originally written to be a type of ‘sarcastic jerk’ who frequently insulted other toys throughout the film. Fortunately, Disney deemed this character totally unwatchable and halted film production until a more appealing personality for Woody was developed. Find out the best team for your storyboard project.

The Art of Visual Story-telling

Packed tightly into rickety, old open-top carriages those aboard the small train departed the embarkation point. Their eyes were screwed tight as they fought to re-gain focus as the bright sun gave way, albeit briefly, to what seemed like infinite darkness. Storyboard artist work closely with the Director and, possibly, with the scriptwriter, Producer, client or Storyboard Supervisor, to visualise and tell the story.

The cool, damp air of the cave hung in the air. The exact same scent likely to have adorned the nostrils of previous occupants many millennia before.

Then, through the dim light, came what appeared to be faint line drawn by hand. Then another, but this time positioned at approximately 45 degrees to the first.

Little by little, creatures began to reveal themselves until a full montage was visible through the flickering electric lights, hung like fairy lights along the length of the cave.

A little boy, sat agape as the train continued to trundle slowly and ever deeper into the cave. All concept of time lost, the little boy’s attention was fully surrendered to the scene laid out before him. It appeared to tell a story, a story of brave hunters and wild animals slain in the name of sustenance and warmth.

That was 1979, the place a small town called Rouffignac in heart of the France’s Dordogne Vezere valley. A third of a century later, the vividness of those distant memories still lives on.

That day marked one of my earliest enduring memories of visual storytelling.

Taking inspiration from these memories, I’ll be looking to uncover some of the secrets behind the power of visual story-telling and its enduring value as we shift across channels, from adorning cave-walls, to man-made forms such as architectural, print, digital and whole load of other channels besides.

Winding back the clock

So, let’s start by imagining that, through the medium of time-travel you’ve been transported some 12,000 years back in time.

You’re now one of a small band of six to maybe eight men and women who’ve crawled into a shallow cave to take cover from an impending storm. Only you and those in your group will ever know the exact reasons behind the pictures you painted in that cave over the course of that day or days.

Was it to leave an account of your lives and provide a point of learning for others in your community? Or, did you even have a reason beyond the pure art of creating a rich picture of the key aspects of your daily existence for further generations to refer to and learn from?

What’s certain is that you weren’t the first and certainly not the last to follow this path. Travelling back a further 5,000 years will transport you back to the most famous cave ‘art’ of all, at Lascaux, situated some 200 kilometres to the east of Rouffignac.

Luckily, today, we don’t have to look quite so hard.

Great feats of visual storytelling appear all around us; church windows, the pyramids, Bayeux tapestry and the published sketch books of Leonardo Di Vinci. The list simply runs on and on.

Even comic books, a central feature of so many of our childhoods (and even adulthood) practice those noble art with great aplomb.

Excerpt from Scott McCloud’s ‘Understanding Comics’. Scott’s book describes the visual and representational techniques and language used in comics to convey a story. Told in comic form this is nothing short of genius.

What’s more, one can only guess at our ignorance of how many items lie as yet undiscovered, unknown to us at this present moment in time.

So, for me, all this begs the question…

If story-telling is the new black, did its visual form ever truly go away?

And, therefore, what’s driving this renaissance in storytelling?

With the plethora of visual media around us today, there’s a strong body of evidence pointing us towards the conclusion that the visual articulation of the ‘art of story-telling’ never really went away.

Ironically, it’s more likely that the sheer ubiquitousness of visual story-telling in our daily lives has actually contributed to dulling our senses and lessening of our awareness of its very existence.

After all, at least until now, it seems that our focus on ‘story-telling’ has been wedded to a concept of the written and spoken word, rather than in recognition of story-telling in its visual form.

With posed question answered, what makes visual story-telling so powerful?

To answer this next question there appears to be a number of factors at play. These I’ve attempted to loosely distil down into a set of three guiding principles:

  • Convenience & ease;
  • Humanisation of the message;
  • Aesthetic engagement & meaning.

Let’s take a look at each one of these and what the mean in a little more detail.

1.Convenience & ease

Convenience and ease relates to the comparative facility with which visual storytelling can be consumed and meaningfully interpreted by its intended audience.

In centuries gone by this was born out of necessity. Low levels of literacy meant that visual story-telling was practically the only way of getting your message across to its widest possible audience.

Take a trip to your local church and let your eyes wander across its stained glass windows. It’s a pretty safe bet that you’re being told a story. It’s also the reason why we have the most archetypal of vernacular art forms-the humble pub sign.

(Thought that would grab your attention!)

With adult illiteracy rates in the UK reputed to be running at around 5%, or conversely literacy rates running at around 95%, today it’s clearly more down to patience and tolerance.

As a static graphic form, visual-story telling frequently makes use of representation techniques commonly associated with spatial design and architecture.

The visual example below uses axonometric presentation. This allows the publisher to render a visual story in a spatially efficient three-dimensional form and easily allows for meaningful connections to be made between the elements represented within it.

Example of axonometric projection, courtesy of Francesco Franchi

In researching for this article, I came across Francesco Franchi, an Italian ‘graphic analyst’ and Art Director at the monthly magazine ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’ in Milan. Franchi uses beautifully rendered and detailed visual narratives too.

We commonly refer to works of this nature as infographics, however the level of fidelity and content effectively conveys appears to take this to a new level. In my own opinion, Franchi’s infographics are works of art in their own right.

And, if you need any more convincing, the stats around the success of visual story telling tell their own story.

‘A message containing a visual element will yield as many as 94% more views than those without.’

2.Humanisation of the message; (authenticity, trust and sincerity)

The second principle I’m referring to as the ‘humanisation of the message’.

This comes from the fact that visual story telling can readily engender feelings of trust and authenticity or sincerity, at least two of which are primarily positive character traits associated with us as human-beings.

News Cred & Getty in their paper entitled the ‘Power of Visual Storytelling’ refer to the importance of ‘authenticity’ as one of the four key principles of successful visual story-telling.

Authenticity lies at the heart of enabling true feelings and emotions to be conveyed. It’s the very reason why user generated content forms the bedrock of so many leading brands’ interactions with their target audiences today.

This candid nature of delivering a credible message through the usage of powerful visual imagery helps create that greater sense of understanding and ‘proximity’ to those the message seeks to reach out to. It is this audience proximity which allows for deeper, emotionally-based, connections to form.

As highly marketing literate consumers of today, the desire and necessity for brands to win back our trust has become increasingly paramount. It’s visual story-telling which appears to offer a fast-track way for such brands to penetrate more deeply into the consumer’s emotional psyche and create the meaningful emotional attachment all brands crave. It’s this attachment which is ultimately the hallmark of all great enduring brands.

The fact that the target audience itself becomes an integral part of this overall brand trust eco-system, via the medium of user generated content can but only add to the potency of authentic, visual-story-telling.

3.Aesthetic engagement & meaning

The third and final point ‘aesthetic engagement and meaning’ relates to the quality and engagement of the message afforded by the visual design elements of the story as it is represented.

Whilst there are a number of obvious similarities with the first point regarding the way information is presented, I’ve consciously kept this point separate. This is to reflect the fact that great conceptual ideas, poorly executed, will never realise their full potential.

Aesthetic engagement is essentially what draws us to a visual story. It then works closely with the other two elements described above to retain our interest and attention once we’ve been attracted to it.

The ‘meaning’ aspect in this element comes through the way in which the design aesthetics relate to the context of the story and the message they are seeking to communicate.

Appropriately enough, the producers of our archetypal story-tellers, book publishers, are classic exponents of this technique.

Independent author, Joanna Penn, talks about the significance of cover art and design and the effect this can have on conveying an appropriate message to potential readers on the nature of the story contained within its covers.

In one of her recent blog postings she quotes leading independent author, HM Ward, who says,

‘COVERS ARE STOP SIGNS. They should quickly reveal as much info about your book to the reader as possible and this did not. As soon as I changed the covers to the current version, sales shot up …’

That sounds like an open and shut case for the power of aesthetic engagement and meaning.

Closing comments

During this blog I’ve attempted to distil down the essence of what makes a good visual story into a handful of primary elements. These, I’m confident, will help provide a firm basis upon which to undertake further investigation and research. As a result I certainly won’t be ruling out further elaborations on one or more of the elements so far discussed.

With this in mind your presence in the next chapter through the narrative which is visual story-telling would be greatly appreciated.

Until the next time, many thanks taking the time to read this.

How to Become an Electrician: 6 Basic Steps to Journeyman Status

Here’s a general overview of how to become an electrician when you’re starting from scratch: First, make sure that you’ve earned a high school diploma (or the equivalent such as a GED). Next, take the optional (but recommended) step of completing a pre-apprenticeship electrician-training program at a local trade, technical, or vocational school. After that, apply for an electrician apprenticeship and, if required, register as an electrician apprentice or trainee in your state. Complete your four- or five-year apprenticeship under the guidance of a master or journeyperson* electrician. Finally, if required, get your electrician license or become certified in your state and/or municipality, which may involve passing an exam. Electricity could very well the most essential commodity in a typical home today and make sure if you are in trouble contact emergency electrician Brisbane.

Those are the basic steps to becoming an electrician. Of course, it’s wise to look into each of those steps in more detail so that you know exactly what to expect. After all, confidence is an important trait to develop, especially while you’re learning how to be an electrician. The more you know, the greater your confidence will be as you move forward. And electrician careers are definitely worth all of the attention. They often provide reliable and meaningful ways to earn good wages and benefits.

So check out what the following steps involve. And explore the whole article in order to learn the answers to additional questions like:

  • How long does it take to become an electrician?
  • What education do you need to become an electrician?
  • How do you get an electrician’s license?
  • How hard it is to become an electrician?
  • What is a typical electrician salary?

1. Earn a high school diploma or equivalent

This step is essential. You may not be able to progress any further until you can show that you’ve successfully completed high school or earned a GED or other type of equivalency certification. It’s one of the most basic educational requirements that you’ll need to meet before you can become an electrician.

If you’re still in high school, then pay special attention to subjects like math, physics, and English. Shop and mechanical drawing classes are also helpful. Among many other things, being an electrician requires knowing how to perform algebra, read technical documents, and understand basic scientific concepts.

If you are an adult who didn’t complete high school, it’s possible to earn your high school diploma online. This is a convenient way to take care of this important first step.

2. Consider getting pre-apprenticeship training at a trade school or vocational college

Increasingly, this step is vital for making you stand out among your competition. Learning the basic fundamentals of electrical work is often easier when you aren’t yet employed as an apprentice and worried about pleasing your boss. Electrician programs at trade schools, technical institutes, and career colleges provide a more comfortable introduction to this trade and can help you gain the foundational expertise that you’ll need going forward.

You’ll be able to learn about the National Electric Code, workplace safety, electrical theory, and many other things that can give you a head start on other people who may apply for the same apprenticeships. Most trade-school programs even include hands-on training in addition to regular classroom instruction. That way, you’ll have solid footing when you pursue the next step of the process.

3. Apply for an apprenticeship

Once you’re ready, begin looking for apprenticeship opportunities as soon as possible. You never know how many other people might be applying for the same apprentice jobs, so it’s good to get a jump on them if you can. In fact, having a sense of urgency may be one of the most essential aspects of knowing how to become an electrician apprentice.

You may be able to find a local apprenticeship through the United States Department of Labor or by exploring newspaper classifieds and online job boards. In addition, electrical apprenticeship openings periodically become available through organizations such as:

  • The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
  • The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC)

As part of the application process, you may need to pass a basic aptitude exam. In most cases, the exam will test your reading comprehension and ability to perform simple arithmetic and first-year algebra. In addition, you will need to pass a job interview. And you may need to meet specific physical requirements, pass a drug test, and be able to demonstrate a certain level of mechanical aptitude.

That’s why a lot of employers recommend getting some basic electrical training before applying for the apprenticeships that they sponsor. Trade and vocational schools specialize in helping students get up to speed on what they’ll need to know in order to succeed during the application process.

4. Register as an electrician trainee or apprentice in your state (if required)

Some states, such as California and Texas, require electrical apprentices to register before being allowed to work on actual job sites. It’s generally a very easy step since it only involves filling out a form and potentially paying a small fee. But every state has its own requirements, so be sure to check with your state’s department of
licensing, labor, or consumer affairs.

5. Complete your apprenticeship

This step is the heart of the whole process. Your apprenticeship will combine on-the-job training with courses online and/or in the classroom. You’ll be mentored and supervised by a master or journeyperson electrician throughout four to five years of training. And you’ll get paid an hourly wage.

Along the way, you’ll study important concepts and receive practical job-site experiences that are related to a typical electrician job description. For example, you’ll get the opportunity to practice and learn about aspects of the trade such as:

  • Reading construction blueprints and technical diagrams for electrical plans
    Installing, repairing, and maintaining electrical wiring, lighting fixtures, electricity-distribution equipment, and various control systems
  • Making sure that all work complies with the National Electric code as well as state and local regulations
  • Testing and inspecting electrical systems and components for problems by using special devices

At the beginning of your apprenticeship, you’ll be performing very basic tasks. But you will gradually get to carry out more and more complex tasks as you refine your skills and practical understanding of relevant concepts. By the end of your apprenticeship, you will likely be capable of performing a full range of construction- and maintenance-related electrical work at the journeyperson level.

6. Get licensed or certified in your state and/or municipality (if required)

One of the most important things to understand when exploring how to become a licensed electrician is that every state sets its own standards. In fact, some states (such as Illinois and Pennsylvania) don’t license electricians at all. However, some towns and cities within those states do have licensing requirements.

So it’s important to contact your state as well the municipalities that you plan to work in. Ask them if you need a license to perform electrical work. In some cases, you may need a license in order to work as an employee of an electrical contractor. In other cases, you may not need a license unless you plan on starting your own electrical business.

In locations that do require a license, you may have to pass an exam that tests your understanding of the National Electric Code, various electrical concepts, safety practices, and local laws and building codes. You will probably also have to prove that you have completed a certain amount of relevant classroom instruction and practical training under the supervision of a licensed journeyperson or master electrician.

Learn more about how to get an electrician’s license in your region below.

How You Can Start Optimizing Your Site Today

As you become more experienced with SEO, you will see how even minor tweaks in a website can lead to major changes for your bottom line. This article offers some of the best tips on SEO and how you can use. There might be a lingering thought in your mind that search engine marketing can get you rankings, but the fact is that you can get ranked in natural results of search engines via SEO services only.

Find out how many years of experience. You will want to find out what risks in order to make an educated hiring decision.

This is very true for clients who found you through YouTube because it is easy to remember.

The way to do this is to create a robots text file and place it in your site’s root directory. txt file and plugging it into your site’s root directory. This will prevent any search engines from gaining access to particular files on your site.

As you develop URL monikers for individual pages, it is important to realize that search engine spiders do not understand dynamic language or session identification names. This makes it harder for search engines to find your website, so be mindful and establish relevant names for all your URLs.

Using product feed can really help draw traffic and business to your site. Feeds like this detail your services and products with images, descriptions and pictures. Submit them to sites for shoppers as well as to search engines.

A vital step towards optimizing your search engine optimization is to include a site map. Spiders can more easily decipher you site through a site map. A large site might need more than one site map. A good rule of thumb is to not have lots of links on any given site map.

Once you have decided on the keywords or key phrases that are most relevant to your website, be sure that some land in your titles too. Your title should be intelligent and relevant, so choose a title that is both intelligent and relevant. This ensures that you get hits based on because it best fits what the search engine user typed in.

Users won’t spend a lot of time at your site unless they are able to get great information, and improving your content is one of the easiest ways to drive-up traffic.

Use an accurate title tags to ensure that search engines will understand your website’s content. Your title tag should be 60 characters or less, as this is the limit of the majority of search engines. They also tend to give less importance to terms at that point.

The content in this meta tag should not exceed 30 words. Never exceed 100 kilobytes on this particular page.

The takeaway message from this paragraph is that Google looks for keywords in alt tags, so keywords included in these tags will improve page ranking.

The initial paragraph on your content should use words that are also be the HTML description tag. There are search engines that use this information rather than the tag itself as the blurb for your site is about in their results. Poor or ineffective content in this area can hurt your rankings.

Use the longer or plural form of words for keywords to generate more search engine. Keyword stemming is utilized by some of the search engines. If you chose a search term like “accountant” for your keyword, a stemming search engine would not link you to the results for searches based around “parents” or “parenting”. If you are using a search engine that uses keyword stemming, then your site will be included in the searches that include the shorter form of the word as well.

To attract traffic, you need content that’s unique and interesting. People stay and click around your site are likely to come back a second time.

Don’t create a page full of links. Blend them into the other content on your page. Pages with links are boring and search engines.

You should make sure to use a service that does not block out your domain ownership information. Google may flag you as a spammer and won’t even rank your site.

Use search engine optimization companies to help market your advantage. SEO companies optimize your website in such a way that it receives a higher ranking in search engine result pages (SERPs). You can often find excellent deals with these services.

Dedicate each keyword phrase. By narrowing down on a singular topic, you will have better content, but will return often. Having a loyal readers will always be better than being at the top of the search engine results page.

Use one of the many online tools available that will analyze your website’s information. You should be looking for “301 Moved Permanently” and “200 OK.”

Link directories are good, if you plan to use them. Many directories have lots of date. Always be careful who you plan to work with.

If you have a company name, make sure the name of the corporation appears in the title tag of each page. People are not likely to search for your company by name unless it is truly well-known.

Include keywords and phrases on your site. This means you to maximize your domain now. Your website should have keywords you are promoting.

This is a good space to be descriptive Meta tag. The meta tag you use for every page need to have accurate descriptions and make people want to click.

Use SEO to help you get the traffic you need on your website. The ideal goal should be to get high rankings in the highest rank possible. Using a “pay per click” type of search engine can be a quick way to boost traffic. This will be something you continuously.You may have to regulate bids and keep an eye on the finances if needed.

Be sure to label the pictures in your images with keywords that make sense for them. You may have your business name in your banner title, but if you have a background image, be certain to exclude keywords in its title.

Making it onto Google or Yahoo’s front page in your niche is what all site owners want to do. It is difficult to get there; however, it is possible if you utilize the best SEO practices.

How Long Does It Take To Become An Electrician?

There are many people who are truly excited at the idea of a life-long career as an electrician. They’re so excited to get started, that they’re a little shocked when they find out:

It takes a while to become a fully-licensed journeyman electrician. If you need a 24 hour electrician Brisbane after hours, are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for electrical emergencies.

In fact, it takes about four years.

Yep! It usually takes four years to complete the apprenticeship and become a journeyman electrician. That’s a long time.

The good news is, you don’t need to be a fully-licensed journeyman electrician to get a job and start getting paid.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the questions a lot of people have at their start of their careers:

How long is an electrician apprenticeship?

How long is electrician school?

And finally, how can I get started as soon as possible?

The Process

We’ve discussed the process on a few of our other posts, but it’s worth repeating. Your goal is to become a fully-licensed journeyman electrician. That takes a lot of work, and you’ve got a couple of different options:​

  • You can become an electrician helper, which is an entry-level position. A helper basically does menial tasks: he or she digs ditches, retrieves tools and parts, and does a lot of the busywork on a site. It’s an important position, but you will learn very little, and helpers are never promoted. You will, however, be getting paid, and more importantly, you’ll be getting some experience, which you can use to go to school or get an electrician apprenticeship. The good news: you can start right away and if you make connections and show your employer you’ve got potential, a job as a helper can lead to an apprenticeship.
  • You can go to an electrician school, graduate, and become an electrician’s assistant. The pay is better, and having a degree may help you get into an apprentice program. For more on schools, look at our “Find a School” tool. For more on apprentice programs, check out a few of the posts in the right sidebar—we’ve provided a lot of information on what apprenticeships are, why you’ll need one, and how to get one. The good news: a diploma or certificate looks good to employers.
  • You can skip electrician school and apply for an apprenticeship through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) or Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) or Association Building Contractors (ABC). You’ll have to take an entrance exam and go through a few interviews. The test and the interviews can be challenging, so you want to be on your game. The good news: it takes a while to get started, but you’ll “earn as you learn” and get paid as soon as you start the apprenticeship.

The commonality between all these options is that you’ll eventually need to get an apprenticeship to become a journeyman electrician. So why not simply enter an apprenticeship program through IBEW or IEC or ABC right off the bat? There are a couple of reasons: space is limited, apprenticeships only open up once or twice a year, and the entrance exam can be really tough.

That said, if you can find a job or apprenticeship, that should be your first choice. You’ll make money, and you won’t end up with any school debt. If you can’t find a job or an apprenticeship, you might want to consider school.

How Long Is Electrician School?

​That depends on the program. Some programs are only a few months, and others can last up to a year-and-a-half. Programs may have a different aim—some may prepare you for residential work (that is, installing and maintaining electricity in peoples’ houses) whereas other programs may show you have to work in a commercial or industrial setting.

There are usually schools at local community colleges (and those offer a tremendous value) and there are schools at vocational/technical training centers.
How Much Does Electrician School Cost?

Again, the cost of electrician training at a school depends on the program. A community college—again, a very good place to get an education—can be as low as $3,000 or $4,000, up to $10,000. Vocational/technical schools can be more pricey, and may run you from $5,000 to $15,000 or more. Private schools can be even more expensive, and can be anyway from $5,000 to $20,000. Be careful with schools—make sure they’re teaching exactly what you want to learn, that you’ll get the diploma or certificate you want to get, you’re not paying too much, and that your class credits will transfer if you need them to. Do your research.

Something else to keep in mind: your apprenticeship will require you to take classes during your apprenticeship. Those may be taught at a local community college or in a union hall or IEC/ABC building.
How Much Is An Electrician Apprenticeship?

​That’s the great thing about electrician apprenticeships—they’re much more affordable than school. Again, it’s different from place to place, but usually there’s an annual charge (a couple hundred dollars for more affordable programs, up to a couple thousand dollars, for the more pricey ones), and each apprentice needs to buy books for class (usually a couple hundred dollars per year). Ultimately, that’s much, much less than you’d spend at a four-year college. Electrical apprenticeships are incredible way to get trained and start a career.

There are some things you’ll need to think about when trying to get an apprenticeship, and to help you out, we’ve written a post called “Apprenticeship vs. School”. Definitely give it a read.
Bringing It All Together

So, how long does it take to become an electrician? Let’s recap some of the things we discussed in this post:

  • To quickly get an entry-level position, you can become an electrician helper. All you need is a high school diploma. If you play your cards right, make connections, and show people you’ve got potential, it can result in an apprenticeship.
  • To get some experience that will help you get an apprenticeship (and better pay), you can go to an electrician school, graduate, and become an electrician’s assistant. To search for schools in your area, see our “Find a School” tool.
  • To become a fully-trained journeyman electrician, making great pay and going on every job in the area, takes about four years, and you’ll need to get an apprenticeship through IBEW, IEC, or ABC, and you can visit the other pages on our website to see how you can make that happen.

There you have it! If you decide to become an electrician, we wish you all the best.​

Use SEO To Bring Visitors To Your Site

Now that you have begun a website and you want to get visitors to your website, you might be wondering how to drive more traffic to it. You do this by getting your website to show up in search engine. The article will help you with this phase of a website. A good SEO consultants is somehow consider the competition of each keywords that they want to rank.

Coding is an important aspect to consider when you want to bring people to your website. For example, if you have JavaScript and the code isn’t done well, so that it can be indexed by search engine spiders.

Additional advertising doesn’t typically boost search engine ranking.

Spiders analyze your site’s content and keyword usage to determine rankings; unless your content is easily indexed, so it is important that they can understand your site. A site map is an essential tool to help a web bot find your pages.

Your site should be entertaining to be successful.Little things can help propel your search engine rankings.

Take a look at your competitors’ website code. This can show you see how they use SEO on their site and which keywords they use.

Ask a non-profit to be your content. Search engines like to see these sites differently and rank them higher because they are considered reputable sources of information. Provide high-quality information that will entice reliable websites to feature links to your site. Create valuable content that these organizations will find worthwhile.

A key to search engine results is to include a site map. Spiders can easily access all of your site if you have a site map. A large site might need more than 1 site map. A good rule to go by is to show only 100 links maximum on each site map.

After deciding on your keywords, make sure to include them in your web page title. Your title should be intelligent and relevant, it will be the first impression that you leave with users who may or may not visit your site. This ensures that you get hits based on keywords and search engine user typed in.

Your website should be easy on the eye for comprehension and simplicity to read.

It is often thought that this happens on its own. Check back periodically to ensure that your website is still present and is being listed.

Captions are important to the SEO tool. This means that if you have a lot of newspaper articles or photos linked up to your site, which will lead to more sales.

The content that you put in your title tags carry more weight with search engines than anything else on a page.

Join as many prominent organizations as you can when you are working to optimize your search engine rankings.This assists with local searches because it is usually linked to you automatically.

Make sure that your search engine optimization.While keyword phrases for bots are important, understand that the bots are not making purchases from you, so you can optimize the content afterwards. You will want your site accessible for humans too. You could fail if it is not.

Remember that it takes time to see SEO efforts. It is a natural to want to see immediate results for all of your hard work. You have to remember that creating a solid web presence requires hard work and time.

A good strategy is placing your keyword two times in the first paragraph. After that, integrate the keyword as much as possible throughout the following 200 words; the key is to find a way to use the keyword as often as you can, without it becoming noticeable or redundant.

Search engines aggressively penalize sites that you are fixing your site to cheat the system and will take appropriate action.Be advised and ethically hone your SEO strategies.

Include many keyword phrases throughout your site.This will allow you need to place them in image ALT tags and in the name of your visibility. Your site needs to point back to whatever keyword you are aiming to be found through.

The meta tags should be highly descriptive.The meta tags on each page should be accurate and make people to click.

If you feature a good number of videos on your site, it will be tough for you to rank as high in search results, even though they could have new and relevant content. To practice better SEO for videos, use a site map page that lists the videos.

There are a lot of fly-by-night SEO and internet marketing companies out there who charge exorbitant prices for sloppy work. Research and read their testimonials; then evaluate these companies based on these reviews. Your wallet will thank you.

For example, including tips of how to use a product in new ways, or post a useful article about how to use it or how it has changed the lives of certain people.

If you find it tough to write great content and get your blog optimized simultaneously, you have some choices. You should probably focus on writing quality and worry about optimization later. If your website looks like it is stuffed with keywords, people aren’t going to stay on your site very long anyhow.

Games and surveys can be included on your target.People enjoy to take surveys which will tell them about their “style” or what type of person they are. Ask questions about their shopping habits and the types of items they buy. You’ll learn more about your customers this way and people will enjoy doing the survey.

You can and should include Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds that relate directly to the content contained on your website. Regular feeds are considered new content to the search engines. If you are unable to find a good feed for your website, create your own. You should try to encourage subscriptions to your RSS feed.

As mentioned before, SEO can really make a difference to your site. If your site ranks highly on a search page, you’ll boost your traffic. The advice given here will be of great assistance.

Event Planning & Catering

If you are thinking of holding a celebration in Sydney, and also you stop to think of it, you could recognize that there is a horrible lot of work to do to ensure that your social event runs smoothly, as well as is an occasion that your visitors will certainly keep in mind for a long time ahead. You wish them to bear in mind it for the appropriate reasons, not the incorrect ones. This is super quick and easy to make. It is just perfect for those night meals when you need to prepare dinner quickly.

To get it right, celebration wedding catering preparing in Sydney needs to be – well – intended! There is much more to it than simply sounding around all your close friends and inviting them over for the day, or the night. That is truly the simple bit, and you could well have done that just before you recognize that you may simply perhaps have bitten off more than you can eat.

To start with, unless you have a big household as well as a huge house, it is most likely that your oven only has four hobs as well as one oven. That is all that the majority of households call for. Suddenly you need to ready meals for maybe 20 or 30 people much more if you have actually truly overdone as well as there is no way that you are going to do that with the average family stove.

Couldn’t I Make It A Barbeque Social event?

OK. The weather condition in Sydney is pleasant, the sunlight radiates for 340 days a year, so we ll make it a barbeque party. .

Have you any kind of suggestion just how long it takes as well as just how huge a bbq you would certainly require – to prepare for 30 individuals? The average family barbeque is just not visiting cope with this. The people that acquired givinged first would virtually await their following meal by the time you had actually finished food preparation for the last couple. There is far more to party food catering planning compared to you would realize.

What Regarding A Cold Buffet?

We put on t prefer to mention this, but for the most part giving a chilly buffet indicates cooking a lot of meals prior to the visitors show up, and permitting it awesome. Then you need to arrange it so that it all meshes and also looks quite.

For instance, allow s say that your piece de resistance is visiting be a huge salmon. You need to cook it, permit it amazing, location it on a recipe, and embellish it with herbs, vegetables, tossed salad, or whatever you want, to make sure that it looks as though it has actually been done by expert food caterers.

It is likewise likely that a salmon huge good enough for your functions won t match your stove in the first place.
As a matter of fact, for any party of more than around a loads people, you will discover that your oven just gained t deal, as well as you will need to spend a lot time on prep work that by the time your visitors show up all you will seem like doing is falling into bed, rather than playing the perfect host.

Hmmm. Exactly what Regarding The Plates And also Flatware?

It is very most likely that you simply put on t have enough of these to cater for also a small social event, allow alone one of 30 or even more. It conserves on the washing up, but you desire your party to be born in mind for being a terrific success, not something that you could see at the regional religion fete.

Yes, there is a whole lot more to social event catering preparation, if you want to have a social event that is hailed as a roaring success, compared to you may in the beginning think.

ASSISTANCE! Just what Can I Do?

Just like the majority of points in life, there are constantly folks around which are specialists as well as can ensure that whatever you need is done completely, because it s their job. At Chilterns Event catering & Occasions we have been organising celebration event catering planning in Sydney for years, as well as although we advocate ourselves, we are pretty good at it.

We have all the devices that you will certainly ever before need to hold your party, as well as we are specialists when it contacts party food. Not to place too fine a point on it, our whole team includes committed foodies that like nothing far better compared to planning, then producing, meals that could simply make your mouth water.

We love to consume the very best ourselves, however we acquire excellent enjoyment from supplying the exact same for other individuals. Yes, it s just how we make our living, yet at the very same time we get a bang out of it, as well as we like nothing more than when our customers write, phone, as well as email us after their celebration to tell us the amount of their guests appreciated it.

Give us a phone call now, or send us an email, as well as inform us exactly what your suggestions for your party are. Trust us to make it occur.

What To Bring On A Family Vacation

While seeing new places can be exciting, it can also be very stressful. This advice may help you have a great trip. Whether planning for next season or looking to book last-minute ski Canada deals, has the most comprehensive hotel info and vacation packages for your next ski trip.

Keep notes of key information if you are traveling abroad. You will need their assistance should you are abroad. They can assist you assistance with any issues.

Pack up all your suitcase the night before you travel. Make the necessary preparations you need well before your flight. Missing a flight will cost you never want to go through.

Create a packing list of what to pack.

Be aware of food allergies when visiting a foreign country to avoid dangerous liaisons. If you have had severe reactions to certain foods, make sure to express this in their language. This will allow you to communicate to others what foods that you have an allergy to so that they can be kept out of your meals.

If you are traveling through a smaller airport, look online ahead of time to find out what services are offered there.

Sign yourself up to receive emails for alerts on travel prices. This will notify you to enter your destination and the website alerts you are interested in visiting. When the prices of airfare of accommodations fall to the level you choose, the website will send an email to alert you to the price change. This saves you from checking every day for the need to constantly check for lower prices.

You don’t want to wake up to the sound of construction when you are trying to relax.

These cookie sheets make a flat surface to put cards or play cards.

Cash your traveler’s checks in advance as they may not be accepted. Be safe because you get local currency before buying so that you lose money with these traveller’s checks.

Booking travel plans online is virtually a great way to get everything done at once.Travel sites will help you plan your travel itineraries with little effort. You can book flights, from rental cars to flights to hotel rooms, and rental cars all from your computer! You can even find photos and reviews of hotels on the Internet.

Plan service stops ahead of time when going on a road trip. When you’re on road trips, there will be occasions where service stations are not readily available should you have an issue. Plan your route and while doing so look for viable service stations that can handle maintenance on your car if need be. Keep those numbers on hand as you travel.

Always take bottled water when going overseas.Drinking water in foreign countries is usually not purified and can lead to stomach problems. Use bottled water any time you need water such as when you brush your teeth with.You can also become ill from using the tap water.

Try to avoid exchanging currency when you visit a new country. There are safer and easier way to obtain your foreign currency. You can obtain the foreign currency from an ATM at a bank. These machines will usually offer better exchange rate available.

Make sure you carry small pillow and blanket when traveling. No matter how you travel, a pillow and blanket will make the trip much more comfortable. Airlines will sometimes provide them, but they often run out. Bringing your own pillow lets you peace of mind.

Try to get a hotel room that is on a high floor. You should also opt for a room without sliding doors.Rooms with these are easier to get into.

You can often go without luggage if you travel by air. This can save both time and stress during your travels. You can have your belongings to your destination via FedEx or FedEx.This will be worth it over the long run even though it may cost you some more money but it is valuable.

If you won’t have immediate access to a currency exchange service when you land, exchange some of your money before you leave, and exchange the rest once you have found a currency exchange.

Before traveling, find banks nearby that offer currency exchanges because you will be able to get much better rates there. Click here to see our rates.

Check to make sure the alarm in your hotel room before setting it for the morning. You have no way of knowing what the alarm is not going to go off during the night and wake you up.

You might find yourself stranded late at night with no way to exchange the currency if you need it after business hours. You can go to any large bank and get some foreign currency before you even start your trip.

Never let unpredictable travel situations make you fret over not being able to enjoy your vacation. Remember this advice the next time you travel so that you can really enjoy yourself. Instead of thinking about what could happen or go wrong, just focus on what great memories you will get from it.

7 Top Reasons To Choose Imprinted Concrete Driveways, Patios And Walkways

Enhancing your home’s curb appeal does not have to break your bank. If it is a more beautifully-laden driveway or patio or porch you want, opting for imprinted concrete may be a lofty choice for you home improvement initiative. How much does a concrete driveway cost including renovation? I think the answer is it depends on how much you can spend.

Imprinted concrete driveways, patios, porches, and pool outlay is quite the rage nowadays.

As more and more technology-driven improvements are being done to the method and features of imprinted concrete, so does the number of homes aiming to add texture, design, and wow factor to the exterior portion of their homes.

To give you an idea, here are the top 7 advantages to reap when you use imprinted concrete driveways, walkways, patios, porches, and pool or garden outlays.

Increase Face Value of Property

No doubt, imprinted concrete driveways or patios as well as porches and other exterior outlays and walkways of home add instant curb appeal to it. Not only are the artistic design and patterns add aesthetic value to a property, it also creates a sense of unique “personality” to an exterior that delineates it from the rest of the neighbourhood.

Most home buyers look for a certain level of uniqueness, and customized imprinted concrete designs on your own abode will add that magnetic pull hence, increasing your ROI without spending too much.

Freedom from Slipping Hazards

Wherever you are in the world, the snow or the rain will hound your driveway, walkway, and other exterior portions to no avail.

Slipping can be dangerous to homes with children and oldies. With imprinted concrete driveways, patios or walkways, you can guarantee freedom from the usual hazards of slipping and falling on your behind.

Most professional pavers use anti-slip guard as standard on their paving projects to keep home dwellers safe whatever the weather.

Work of Art Results

Think: elegant brickwork and acid-stained borders.

Paving specialists who do your imprinted concrete driveways, walkways or patios are highly qualified bricklayers who can design and create stunning brickwork that complement the installed driveway.

Not only brickwork but also striking borders that added contrast to the whole design.

This will not only cut your budget to a half, it also saves the hassle of finding a separate contractor to do the job.

Complimentary Features to Home

There is a humungous range of designs and patterns for imprinted concrete. From intricate circle and compass patterns, to fan, stone, and geometric designs, there is so much to choose from to compliment the exterior portion of your home.

You can choose to blend colours, mimic natural stones endemic in your place, or simply generate amazingly unique colour, stone, border, slate, and so on patters to add flair to your design in mind.

Some concrete paving specialists also offer extra-mile service of adding flower or gravel beds to add wow factor to your landscape. Some also create attractive rails, access ramps, or step features in contrast or to compliment imprinted concrete driveways, patios, porches, and walkways.

Crack Control Feature

Homeowners concern has always been directed at the eventual cracking of concrete due to a multitude of reasons such as freezing and thawing of moisture within the concrete slab, shrinking of concrete over a period of time, and/or dropping of heavy objects on them.

Cracks can largely create a blunder to the intricate patterns and designs. Today, however, more and more paving companies add crack control joints to supplement it from undue cracking.

These joints are integrated skilfully to the patterns making them indistinguishable. Not only do these joints prevent cracking on the foundation of the imprinted concrete driveways, patios or walkway’s, it also strengthen them from wear and tear due to frequent traffic.

Hassle-Free Drainage System

Like everything else, drainage is an important feature that should not be taken for granted.

Drainage, however, must be carefully designed in such a way that is blends harmoniously to your chosen pattern.

Most paving companies specializing in imprinted concrete driveways, patios, and walkways create good drainage without compromising style and aesthetic appeal.

Outdoor Lighting Integration

Lighting elements add sizzle to any dreary exterior. To add dramatic flair to your imprinted concrete driveways, pathways, patios, and porches, some paving specialists will incorporate lighting to the surface.

This could be to highlight a specific feature, or to simply add wow factor to an area.

On top of all these benefits, choosing imprinted concrete on driveways, pathways, patios, and porches or pool outlays are renowned for their cost-effectiveness and low maintenance benefits.

The key is to find a reliable paving service provider that uses highly specialized concrete mixes, provides huge selection of colours, patterns, and designs, and houses reliable pavers and bricklayers to thoroughly deliver top-of-the-line imprinted concrete driveways or walkways.

Of course, a written insurance is a must to guarantee quality, longevity, and peace of mind.

If you’d like to enhance your home with an imprinted concrete driveway then check out this top concrete driveway company.

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Some Ideas To Make Your Home Interior The Envy Of Your Neighborhood

Many people want to improve the value of their homes to stand out for increased value. A lot of people want to be a good interior design. Kitchen companies Sydney usually suggests good looking interior for your kitchen.

You must know what you want to set in the room before you are planning on redecorating. The atmosphere of a room could be anything from invigorating and soothing to exciting and outrageous.

Make sure to keep your space functional whenever you are designing is functional.It is very vital to have good lighting in a work space.

When designing a child’s room, make it fun! It can be easy to forget that children won’t be seeing their room the same way you see things differently than adults. You need to make all items accessible to your children. Look at the things from the child’s point of view and remove potential hazards.

Pay close attention to everything including the little details. You will be able to create a good look by making use of small decors with different kinds of small items.

They should match the overall look of the space. You can do not have to position them like everyone else does. Try hanging them in carefully planned angles or patterns. You will have white space that will change the room’s mood and create a room by changing how your pictures are hung.

Think about your room’s purpose of a room when you decorate it. Consider the number of people that will have in the room at once and what they’ll use it for. Your living room needs to accommodate your family and friends, while the rest of the house must reflect the needs and wants of your entire family.

Wallpaper half your wall. Redecorating your walls can be expensive. A way to save money is to only cover half of your walls. Give your wallpaper a bolder border and then paint the remaining wall.This is one good way to have your walls look great and save you some money.

If you have floors that are made of tile, stone or concrete, area rugs that are stylish will make the space seem warmer on your feet and keep you feeling cozy. Rotate rugs as the seasons change to incorporate a fresh and coordinated aspect to your room.

Try to be reasonable when you sell your home.It is a good idea to add some of your personality to your home decor, but try and avoid doing outlandish things that become permanent and hard to remove. If you plan on selling you house, then having crazy decor could prevent potential buyers from purchasing your home. If you do insist on decorating in your own special way, make sure to reverse it before listing your home.

A fast way that you could do to update your living space is putting the emphasis on accessory items. Replace fans, fans and lighting fixtures in the room. Try buying some other color towels and brand new curtains. These small changes can have a big impact on the overall design of your room, but they are affordable as well.

When you are looking at brightening up a room with a fresh coat of paint, try using “ceiling white” on your ceiling. This shade of high-gloss paint is made to reflect light throughout a room. When you use it in your home, you will see a great difference in how well a room lights up.

Don’t forget to consider the living room traffic when placing furniture there. You should place furniture in such a way that you can still maneuver around it easily. You don’t want to avoid traffic jams when you’re trying to enjoy your work.

Area rugs are a room. On the other hand, large area rugs should not be used in small rooms.

If you own many things, keep your walls simple. Some individuals just own more items than other people do. If you are this type of individual who has many sentimental and valuable items that they could not place in storage, do not put anything on your walls. Anything else could make your house appear cluttered.

A bathroom looks more elegant with a bathroom. These kinds of tubs are popular due to appearing beautiful and classic. The tub can also have a handheld shower, or you can simply have a pole that comes out from your tub. These accessories are available at your towns hardware store.

It is important to carefully consider all your options when working with a small living-room. You need to consider the available space first. To make it work, you need to look for multi-functional pieces and those with interesting proportions and scale. Adding proper lighting with those pieces can make the small room look much bigger.

An excellent way to develop your design eye is to watch Home and Garden on television. There are lots of television programs out there that will give you many great ideas and how you can make them a reality in your own home.

A good interior design trick is to become consistent with how you’re designing a space. You need to choose a solid theme so your pieces together.

Your ceiling should be brighter than your walls of a positive color flow. If you don’t, the ceiling will soon feel like it’s coming down on you. A bright ceiling will make the room appear more open and inviting.

One of the least expensive and quickest ways to change up your rooms design is to paint on the walls. Walls get dirty over time and need a fresh coat of paint.

You may wish to consider eliminating your ceilings to give your rooms a more spacious by taking its ceiling out.

Use baskets to store bathroom items. There are tons of baskets to choose from that will give you added storage space. You can use a basket near your tub filled with rolled towels or magazines. You can also hang them on the wall or place them under your vanity.

As you now know, it’s easy to make your home look brand new and exciting. Use this article’s advice and you’ll be happy to come home every day. This advice will help you make your house look like your dream home.