Tuesday, April 21, 2009


A list of possible careers in the arts, written from my perspective as a child.
Formed between 1985 and 1999.

1| Matte-cutter at a local frame shop

2| Store clerk at Pope's Hobbyland

3| Part-time painter of grocery store advertisements on storefront glass (this would be a gig for 'on the side'...nights and weekends after my 40 hours at a real job.)

Each of these seemed to be perfectly viable, credible markers of great career success as an artist.


Problematic Translations | Hind-sight is 20/20.

1| Making your own work isn't an option, so find a way to be happy framing other people's art.

2| Making your own work isn't an option full time, so find a job that can get you a discount on the supplies for your tedious little hobby.

This is going public...but only after work at a real job has happened.

Thankfully several people, at several different times, stepped in to show me that there were more hopeful and inspiring ways of thinking about this all.
MANY thanks to those several people.


Blogger Mindy Sue Meyers said...

I am happy that being creative and making things is your full time job.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Mr. C said...

Boy oh boy do I love this list! I could still check into those Pope's Hobbyland openings, if you'd like. :)

9:00 AM  
Blogger Aligates said...

We may use this list at the next Campus Preview Day. It should make a lot of parents feel slightly more secure about their children's prospects of employment with that ever-versatile art degree! (Ever think about painting the windows on Loretta Street? Beef on sale today!)

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