Can you get me work in the arts?

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By TimBakerFX
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The last few weeks I have been asked at least 5 times how to make a living in the arts. Well, I do work in the arts, graphic artist, effects artist, sculptor and makeup artist… I work in whatever medium will get the job done (and pay the rent ;) So to you young'ns on my friends list or just watching one of my portfolio pages I have to say… just don't give up. That's it really, just don't quit. I'm sure all of you are talented, you've been working on your creative skills since you were a kid most likely… well, that isn't the most important thing if what you want to do is make a living in the arts. All those art majors that graduate each year are looking for the same thing and they're all talented too. What they don't all have tho is patience. To be a professional you don't really have to be the best, you just have to out last most of those other starving artists out there. If what you're into is the purity of your "art" and not selling out or whatever, that's cool. If that's your priority you can have that… if you want to be able to make a living in the arts, that's different. It's not one or the other of course, just different. I think the worst thing you can do is set one of those deadlines for "making it". I've heard it many times before, "if I can't support myself in two years than I'll get a real job". Life doesn't work on your schedule, and what takes months for one might take years for someone else even they they might be more talented… it just happens. So stay with it every day. If you're a graphic artist, practice every day. if you're a writer, write every day (a few years of three hours of practice every day will make almost anyone good at their chosen medium ;) So hang in there my friends! When i'm working on a big sculpt with great people in the middle of the night and cool music is playing and all is right with the world, I get to think " AND i'm getting paid for this" :D
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DAnnsCreations's avatar
Perfect!  :icongivemesmilesplz:  As a teacher I've always said practice, practice, practice!  Plus, do whatever you love, whenever and where ever you can!  ;P  I've done a lot of different things, my little sister was always upset that whatever I put my mind to, I was successful ... she never saw all the hard work that led up to those little successes!  :rofl::rofl::rofl: My children know, and I'm oh soo happy about that!  :squee:  :iconlovehug:
lamelobo's avatar
i have an art degree. and come from a long line of artisans. ....my friend i must say reading you journal made me smile. thank you so much i am keeping on...with my dream and trying and i want to say i really respect your work and esp. all you said in this journal thank you friend. dearly. it made me smile. and is so refreshing. cheers. :)
TimBakerFX's avatar
Glad you're keeping on, it's pretty much all we an do don't you think? best of luck to you!
RaptorArts's avatar
Ive been trying for years. Maybe after college in December 2013 Ill move up to LA area and search for studio jobs in the FX area. Maybe well run into each other, never know :)
TimBakerFX's avatar
yeah, if you're still in school you should be doing that... learn young one! hehe, once you get into the city i'm sure things will pick up... have you talked with any of the shops yet?
RaptorArts's avatar
Im trying :)
I email them but they never get back to me. :(
TimBakerFX's avatar
yeah, I bet checking emails isn't on their list of to-do's, I had some luck just dropping by and see if they need anyone, after the third or fourth visit they kind of know who you are ;)
KayCSerenity's avatar
This is the best advise I'v heard yet, you have really inspired me not to give up my friend :) Thanks for everything <3
TimBakerFX's avatar
I think the work is worth it in itself, but I hope you find all the success in your chosen field that you want :)
Moorcat's avatar
I got into a fine arts co-op gallery a year ago, havent really sold anything yet, but I have grown quite a following, and change my "shows" monthly, at least 50% of the work displayed, and every first friday opening, people come just to see what ive hung...its only a matter of time before Im selling work as fast as I can hang it. watching the things you do is inspiring too, and itd be nice to make models for more then myself sometime.
TimBakerFX's avatar
Best of luck with your work, and thank you, nice of you to say :)
savageworlds's avatar
I also find that small blood sacrifices to the art godz (usually from the tips of my fingers) helps to promote my success...

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"Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else."
-(Leonardo da Vinci)
TimBakerFX's avatar
LOL.... sometimes not so small blood sacrifices ;P
Rhissanna's avatar
What you've said is absolutely right. And I'd say, yeah, well, never gonna happen to me, except that I just sold my first two dolls on Etsy. last week. So, it does happen! Keep the faith, do the work and it really can be what you want.
TimBakerFX's avatar
That's awesome! congratulations! That means you're a professional etsy doll maker now! :D
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DaisyViktoria's avatar
Thank you for posting your advice, Tim!
In the few years since I left engineering and started focusing full time on my fashion/costumes, I've watched many others around me try to start and then give up. It really does take patience and a passion for what you are doing, and often some sacrifices. I could never stop making exciting clothing, even if I tried!
TimBakerFX's avatar
I'm so glad to hear it :) I love the stuff you do
DaisyViktoria's avatar
Aw, thanks! I think your work is really awesome too, and I'm really glad you're able to be successful doing what you love!
Bast-TW's avatar
Great advice, and very true on so many points.
Definitely gonna share this with some friends, and a few students that I occassionally get to borrow for theatre craft projects.

You shall now be famous throughout the land. Mind you, my land is usually a little 10x12 workspace, unless there's a big project in the works, but you'll be famous nonetheless. :D
TimBakerFX's avatar
LOL.... hey, have to start somewhere, and I shall call it... this land *uses Wash voice*
RandyHand's avatar
Excellent advice Tim.
Hopefully them young whippershnappers kin lern a thing er two dag nabbit!
TimBakerFX's avatar
Them kids today with their rock and roll music and "I wanna make art N git paid for it" What are they thinking? now get off of my lawn!
RandyHand's avatar
Next thing ya know they're gonna inject that marywanna in their veins and raise all sorts of ruccus.
Why in my day,
what was I talking about?
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