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Real-Life Artist Job Profiles

Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Artist field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33979Director, Shakti Dance CompanyFemale37 None SetMemphis, TN01/01/2010
33836Self Employed ArtistFemale49 $50,000Lakeville, MN01/01/2010
33799Manager/Body Piercing ArtistFemale27 $14,400Fairfield, VA01/01/2010
33785Makeup ArtistFemale25 $40,000statesboro, GA01/01/2010
33698Illustrator/ Fine ArtistMale37 $55,000Brooklyn, NY01/01/2010


The beauty of art is that it can take many different forms. For creative individuals, the possibilities are endless in how they can express their talents. Two people who call themselves artists may have completely different careers, so it is beneficial for those interested in this industry to be aware of and to explore all the options available.

Some artists spend their days painting floral arrangements in a studio, while others are busy creating illustrations on a computer. Additionally, there are a variety of working situations available to artists. Whether you are interested in exclusively working as a freelance artist or you would rather work for a company, the opportunities are out there. You may have more creative control as a freelance artist, but you may prefer the stability of a job that offers a consistent salary.

You have likely heard the term ?starving artist? before. Yet another perk and pitfall of working as an artist is that the money situation can vary significantly based on the career path. There are plenty of independent artists out there who are simply doing what they love, without making large sums of money. Other artists who illustrate books or work for advertising agencies typically bring in respectable earnings.

If you have a talent and passion for being creative, then a career as an artist may be the path for you. Learn more about some of the options available, qualifications necessary, and what it?s really like to work as an artist by checking out the career profiles we have put together below.

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