With the Labor Day holiday approaching for US workers, I thought it might be interesting to explore art as an occupation. There’s a lot more to being an artist than just being an artist, if you know what I mean.
Here is a listing of possible career choices for those who want to use their artistic ability in a professional setting:
I’ve taken this list directly from Wikipedia, so I’ve left the related links attached in case you’d like to learn more about any specific art-related occupation.
If your objective is to be a professional artist and make money from sales of your work, you might want to check out this article on Udemy by Jill Poyerd: How to Become a Professional Artist.
Another good resource is the Creative City Project, a weekly”artrepreneur podcast” to help artists thrive. Topics of programs include, “The Key to Getting What You Want”, 5 Traits to Help Us Thrive Creatively”, and “3 Things to Do to Beat Fear and Move Forward”.
The art world has changed greatly in recent years. Internet technology allows us to quickly and easily share our work — which has its advantages and disadvantages, to be sure. New sites are always popping up where artists can set up shop and sell a variety of products. You might want to visit a few and check them out.
Of course, you might also choose to sell primarily from your own art website. If so, you might find a few helpful tips here: How to Make an Artist Website (And Why You Need One)
Artistic abilities and a creative mindset are traits that can be helpful in almost any occupation we pursue. Art can be something we do for ourselves, an enjoyable hobby, a part-time activity that brings in a bit of added cash, or a full-time professional career.
We hear often that we should “Do what we love…”, that doing what we love means we never really have to work, that if we pursue our passions the money will follow. Well, that’s stretching the truth a bit. Even when we love art passionately, working as an artist is still a job. No matter how much passion we have — or how much talent — being a successful artist will still require commitment, dedication, and a lot of effort. It’s not easy, but loving what we do makes it worth the effort.