Many artists are dreamers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a living doing what you love. Many of us start out creating art for fun, and then the older you get, the less serious it’s taken. For creative energy to thrive, it needs to be practiced. Artists are often told to “get a real job.” Too often, creatives resign themselves to a life that’s expected of them, not the life they want to
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
There are creative professions that make it possible to live a life you love as an artist, and not starve.
Here are 9 of the most in-demand careers for creative people that will let you do what you love, while earning a living.
1. Graphic Designer
In this age of the Internet, one of the most prolific creative careers is as a graphic designer. You can do this successfully working for a corporation as an internal designer, or you can freelance and provide your own services to businesses or individuals.
Graphic designers continue to be an essential need for most companies. Think about it, branding, blog post images, social media images, content marketing, the list goes on and on. The need for graphics is one that will continue.
Most companies have an in-house graphic designer so you can find job openings easily. Have your portfolio ready and get out there.
This is another career that can be done in-house or by yourself, by starting your own photography business. It’s easy to come up with a business name too since most photographers simply go by their own name.
There are plenty of ways to provide photography services. You can be a children’s photographer, wedding photographer or general family photographer. There’s a need for pet photography too.
Most photographers start out photographing everything before they figure out what they’re most comfortable with and then they stick with that. After you’ve narrowed down your audience, the trick is to get clients coming to you. Take advantage of Facebook and Instagram ads along with Google advertising. Get your website up and running and blog, blog, blog to become authoritative in your niche.
3. Art Teacher
Perhaps you want to share your love of art with another generation. Art teachers are an important aspect of the education system. Chances are your love of art originated in school, or maybe you were inspired by your teacher's love of art.
Fuel the fire by teaching what you love.
Art teachers can work in elementary, middle or high schools or you can take it to the next level as an art professor helping and guiding students who’ve chosen to pursue their love of the arts.
4. Art Director
If you crave an artistic path but still have a love for the business side, a career as an art director may be for you. These creatives are responsible for setting the standards for graphics, photography and content layouts.
You’ll review things like print and online ads and videos and ensure that the vision of the client is being met before they receive the work.
Essentially you are responsible for setting the vision of all creative work and ensuring that it’s done within the deadline and in line with the client’s needs.
5. Fashion Designer
For those with a flair for wearable design, a career as a fashion designer may be for you. Whether you want to design handbags, clothing, shoes or accessories, there’s plenty to choose from in this area.
Maybe you like mixing and matching different textures or colors in ways that make sense but aren’t otherwise being done yet. Trendsetters have a lot to offer the fashion industry.
If you love clothing and design and want to share this with others, a career as a fashion designer may be where it’s at for you.
Similar to graphic design but more often used in video games, movies and commercials, an animator is needed to create “living” cartoons. They work frame by frame to create the illusion of movement.
Animators may hand draw their creations or use photography. This career requires some technical skill along with an artistic vision. If you’ve got a love for both then this may be for you.
Many weddings have a videographer to capture the special day and to get those in between scenes that a photographer can’t. Getting those “I Dos” and the vows is an essential job for a wedding videographer.
They’re also going to capture the first dance, bouquet toss and cutting of the cake to provide a video for the bride and groom to have and watch for years to come.
Videographers aren’t just prevalent at weddings, they’re also needed in business. For example, many companies do things like video case studies or even vlogs. These are tasks that a videographer is going to do well, to show the best side of any business...and they have fun doing it.
If dance is your passion, this is how you can share your moves with others. Choreographers create original dances, and they develop their own interpretations of current dances. They also direct and teach dance routines.
If you just want to dance, this is how you can make a living doing so and share your passion with others. Imagine seeing a dance you created being performed on stage. Choreographers get the joy of seeing their vision come to life.
9. Makeup Artist
Finally on our list of creative jobs, if you love doing your own makeup this career may be what you’re looking for. Applying makeup is an art and those with a knowledge of what colors will bring out someone’s eyes best or what lipstick will suit someone depending on their skin tone, that’s a skill and one that is needed in various areas.
From movie sets to beauty salons, makeup artists are in demand. This can also be done as a freelance position. Where you not only create art but you do it on your schedule. Freelancers often find success working with wedding parties, prom parties, and other special events.
Careers for Creative People Nurture Artists
These jobs for creative people show that there are options for those who don’t want to be confined to the average day job.
These careers for creative people don’t end here. There are many ways to do what you love for a living. Whatever you choose, focus on it and on bringing it to life and you may surprise yourself with the life you can build.
Ditch the idea of the 9 to 5 and go your own way by looking into one of these creative paths. Always remember who you are...an artist.
We’ll leave you with the words of the great Bill Watterson. “To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy...but it’s still allowed...and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”
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