what new career can an ex artist get?
July 17, 2012 7:39 PM Subscribe
I followed my dream- now I want insurance. For the first time in my life I could work anywhere. I have no idea where to start.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (8 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
A few years ago, my art career was going so well that I was able to quit my administrative job at a large firm and for a few years had a reasonable amount of success freelancing. A combination of diminishing opportunity and life goals shifting has made me decide to look for opportunities elsewhere.
I’m in my early 30s and have been completely dedicated to my arts career for my entire adult life. I have worked in offices in different industries, in very low-stress positions and always passed on promotions in order to “keep focused” on my personal work. Now I can try to look for work anywhere. I have no idea where to start – and I have never thought I would have this kind of freedom- I’ve always envied people who didn’t have “a calling” since they were nine years old. I am excited to be able to dedicate my full attention on a new goal.
So…what kind of industries should I be looking at?
I am a type A person, have very good interpersonal skills (especially with new, large groups of people). Years of working with …difficult artist types have trained me to be particularly good at enforcing boundaries without losing empathy or patience. I don’t mind physical labor, I am proficient on Macs and PCs, and I can answer phones and run calendars well and without fear. I’ve been I’ve actually been toying around with trying to get a job at Con Ed or the MTA, if only for the joy of unions.
What I wouldn’t be interested in:
2. Some “other” form of art. I want something a little more stable and I can’t stand graphic design firms.
3. Anything freelance.
4. Anything that requires more schooling before I can begin (continuing education for advancement is fine)
What I would like to hear about
1. Industries where you can still work your way up.
2. Industries that are doing well in general (I’m tried of being on a sinking ship)
I’m not worried about artistic fulfillment- I don’t feel bad about downgrading my art to a fulfilling hobby- and I have always been able to find joy in whatever tasks I’ve been given. I’m in the New York City area if that helps.
Annon because I am still freelancing and have no wish to freak out my clients. I'll be finishing up all the contracts I have and don't need to worry them.