If you have chosen to be an artist, there are essentially three ways to go about living a productive life and making your art at the same time. All three ways are completely valid.
- You can work at a job that is wholly unrelated to art making, and schedule other times to work in your studio. Think of the poet and playwright T. S. Eliot, for example, who worked as a bank clerk for years while he wrote after hours. Some people believe their art is best served this way–undiluted.
- You can use your skills as an artist to do skilled work as an artist/artisan. For example, a friend of mine is a videographer and photographer in her studio, but works for money as a graphic designer for a university. She puts her copious and precise visual skills to work for money and benefits, and does her studio work at other times. This works well for her, as most of her videographing happens in the evening and night. A lot of people who do this feel that the creative work they do for their job influences their studio work in a positive way.
- You can make 100% of your living, or a large portion, with your artwork alone. You can sell your prints or weavings, design costumes for the theater, paint portraits, illustrate books.
If you are an art major looking forward to graduation, you might have a great plan in place for what you will do when you graduate, or you might be wondering how in the world you will support yourself outside of the relative haven of school. Look at the following 100 art careers: Some you can begin now, without additional training, some might require some classes or additional continuing education, others will require an advanced degree. But all of them use the skills of artists.
If anything from this list interests you, set some time aside to spend researching it, and make a three step plan of beginning: What do you imagine would be the first three steps towards being a children’s book illustrator, for example? You will find the perfect fit for you. Good luck!
In my book, The Successful Artist’s Career Guide, you will find worksheets, advice and ideas about how to make a life as an artist. Bigmouthlocal.com says: “Flying in the face of the struggling artist stereotype, Margaret Peot delivers The Successful Artist’s Career Guide: Finding Your Way in the Business of Art…even during challenging economic times, Peot provides welcome proof that living the creative life remains possible.” Read a free excerpt of The Successful Artist’s Career Guide on Amazon.
Animal Portrait Artist
Art App Designer
Author, Drawing or Art Instructional Books
Book Jacket Designer
Charge Painter, Theater
Children’s Book Illustrator
Courtroom Sketch Artist
Greeting Card Designer
Photo Retouch Artist
Police Sketch Artist
Stained Glass Artist
Theme Park Artisan
Tromp L’ Oeil Painter
Window Display Designer