Careers for Creatives
Getting started in the Arts is wonderful and exciting. But sometimes you need a little income on the side. What's the best support job for artists and others?
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10 Best Side Jobs for Artists
Creative people in the arts are driven by the desire to create. While you may not be able to quit your day job yet, all of us dreamers have a need to find a job that covers our bills. We all believe that one day we will make a living by following our passions. But the need is NOW for a side job that we can earn enough, yet leave hours to create our art, and is flexible enough to keep us sane.
10. Creative Careers Consultant
Are you a creative good a marketing yourself? Turn those skills into helping others. All actors, artists, musicians, writers, indie digital directors, and other creatives need to market themselves. It’s probably the most important business skill to master. Putting together compelling electronic press kits (EPKs) is essential in any of the art fields. Work freelance to:
9. For Artist Talents
Most artists want to find a parallel task that draws on skills but doesn’t drain your creative energy. For visual artists and painters:
8. Seasonal Work
Depending on the season, these jobs take full or even overtime, but can let you earn a lot in a short period of time. Temp agencies can sometimes help you to connect in these jobs. For temporary work:
7. Construction Temps
If you have carpentry, painting knowledge, or have worked on houses, the construction industry pays well and frequently hires laborers as temporary workers. Skilled, full-time construction workers make a good wage, but most musicians, artists, etc. find the work too physically draining to let them do their creative work on the side. These jobs pay differently depending on your experience:
6. For Writing Talents
Writing skills are essential for almost all companies in today’s world. You can build a side business doing writing tasks for others:
5. Caretakers and Grounds Keepers
If you can find these positions, they sometimes come with the benefit of free rent. Building managers contact maintenance workers such as cleaners, electricians, plumbers, etc. Superintendents meet with tenants over concerns, collect rent money, and be the go-between for landlord or rental company. Groundskeepers take care of landscaping for cemeteries, estates, country clubs. If you have basic repair skills in plumbing, electrical, carpentry, handymen work for RV parks, condominium or town house organizations, etc.
4. For Acting Talents
Waiting tables and restaurant workers are traditional for actors, but not always ideal. Hopefully, some these jobs can give you time for last minute auditions, etc. Try contacting temp agencies:
3. Get Physical
For flexible time, there are many businesses that look for experienced trainers. If you are good at motivating people:
Personal fitness trainer
2. The Night Owls
Many artists and actors find that night work lets them do their creative work during prime hours. These jobs are usually time-consuming, but vary in terms of energy drain. Night workers:
1. For Music and Dance Talents
Dancers are physical and need time to work out. Some of the fitness jobs can sometimes be a match. Musicians often play at night venues and so need flexible daytime jobs.
Side jobs for artists, musicians, etc, are about survival of the creative urge. Even though all you want is to pay your bills for a while, finding this kind of work may not be easy. Like all jobs, full-time or otherwise, it’s easiest to get the job from some personal connection. You know someone in your network, that in turn knows someone else. I once had some very wise advice from another artist. She said, “Tell people who you are and what you are trying to do and usually they will go out of their way to help you.”
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