It’s an age-old question for anyone in the creative field – and one your parents have probably been asking for a long, long time: Is it time to get a real job?
The truth is that while careers in the creative industries are on the up right now, there are no guarantees they will be forever. It’s also necessary to understand that for most people, the potential to earn a lot more money in a different field is ultimately going to become an attraction – especially as you get older and have kids.
But also, there are plenty of people out there who still believe that you really do your art as a job – it’s got to be either something more spiritual than that, or you end up ceasing to be an artist to become a product seller. Whatever you thinking on this, there are certainly some choices to be made, so let’s take a look at some of your options.
On the bread line?
Because there is so much competition out there, salaries in the vast majority of creative and artistic roles tend to be on the small side. Unless you reach the heights of being a well-known illustrator, photographer, animator or writer, the reality is that you may not be eating a lot of money. As we mentioned above, if you are trying to raise a family, it might be an idea to bite the bullet and aim for something more practical – and well-paying.
Strangely, many creative types often look to the sciences for job roles. For example, many young artists grow up, have kids and look for something else, and many become midwives. It gives you a good lifestyle and plenty of spare time to focus on your creative side, too. If that sounds like something you would be interested in, why not take a look at some midwifery courses? Who knows, your past analysis of life drawing the female form could come in very handy!
Good with kids?
Of course, many creatives and artists love the idea of passing down their skills and knowledge. And the teaching environment is the perfect place for that. Whether it’s teaching youngsters at your local school or lecturing fine art students at university – or anything in between – teaching creative subjects and the arts can help you develop the new breed, and hopefully give them the skills they need to take their careers forward in a similar way to you.
Beyond the studio?
But what if you absolutely must work in the creative fields, but cannot for the life of you find a good job in your local area? Getting out of the studio may require something a little more niche. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do if you have some creative flair. From training to be a makeup artist through to learning to be a tattooist, there are a ton of niche career opportunities out there.
Hope these ideas have helped – let us know how you get on. Good luck!
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