Do you ever flick onto a TV channel and think, right, art program, check, presenter, check, but who is this and why do they not look like, well, an expert? To illustrate my point, check out this clip of contemporary football icon Joey Barton discussing his views on Lucien Freud and Art as a commodity.

So what is it about today that means non-specialists get the airtime or the job even if others have the specific qualifications?

Watch The One show, though not strictly the most artsy choice, and you may or may not rejoice in its perfectly in tune ‘all round cheesy family all huddled together on the sofa’ appeal but you will notice that the demographic of its feature presenters is varied to say the least. We have the ex-England cricket captain Phil Tufnell musing on the art of Christianity and the oldest sculpted hedges in Scotland, Gyles Brandreth on well, everything vaguely related to Britain and then to throw you back into classic taste of John Sergeant. So what is it about the non-arts specialist journalist footballer, the quintessential British top man and the cricketing superstar’s reports on art that seems to really be in vogue today?

What I think it shows is a diversification in hiring techniques not just in TV but in all industries. Whereas, way back when, specialists were commandeered for a specific TV role or job, like Robert Hughes, today we like to see things from the non-specialist’s perspective now and again. There is a book called ‘Imagine – How Creativity Works’ by John Lehrer that suggests that there are not ‘creative’ or arty ‘types’ but that ‘the outsider’s perspective’ is actually the most valuable, making our industries/companies/programs/articles more vibrant, and therefore productive and successful in the end.

So what does this mean for the current or budding specialist? It means first and foremost, read the book. Beyond that, it means that this may be why there is so much competition for roles in the creative or media industries. Whatever you have studied at college or university or in life, you’d be surprised at how much of it you can apply to other specific roles or projects. Just listen to Joey Barton – he’s got the approach down to a ‘t’. He comes from football but this means he sees and appreciates art quite profoundly because it is so different; it has such a different ‘energy’. As a result, he ‘scores’ highly in the commentary stakes, because he speaks with refreshing frankness and with unpolluted, intuitive angles on what he is seeing. My engineering other half does the same. Take him to an art gallery and he is the one spending an hour pouring over a Kusama, making the insightful, totally lateral comment on the Man Ray.

So before you beat yourself up in the midst of the application process or indeed, think you’ve got the degree so it will be a doddle, consider your unique approach to the role or project, because everyone does see things very differently and creativity is not exclusive to one select group of people. It comes in many untapped forms.