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  1. Where Do You Work?

    @Solistia Thanks so much for all the information, I will definitely be checking temp agencies out! Maybe I'll be able to find something there that the job forums aren't listing. And wow, are you back to 100% on the tennis elbow now? That's amazing your job is so considerate! The doctor I saw recommended PT for me as well but I have to pay out of pocket for everything so... I probably don't qualify for any sort of government assistance, I am capable of working but now that I hurt my upper back that might be a different story. Or I'll just have to suck it up and do some sort of cashier work, much as I hate it. @Mobotropolis Wow, let me just say that I'm really glad you posted your title, I've seen that very thing floating around jobs sites but the description of what the actual job is is always incredibly vague! I'm also super impressed with the job-hunting suggestions, I've never seen these methods before (usually you just get those suggestions of cold-calling and trying to take the CEO out for coffee). I also didn't know that about temping, though it makes a lot of sense. I will have to see if I can tailor that to suit my situation. I live on the east coast and 95% of what I want to do is on the west coast. This makes it a bit harder for me because ideally I'd want to start with an internship to get my foot in the door, but financially I couldn't live off something like that alone out there, I'd need something full-time. This is why I love the idea of remote options. xD Thanks so much for the suggestion of The Creative Group too, I'll be looking into that! @Aminirus It is pretty silly, isn't it? We're taught art skills in school but absolutely nothing about putting ourselves out there. I am actually in the same boat as you were; while I try to have my hand dipped in several different websites, by far my biggest source of income is from one particular site that has been completely dead for going on two months. By June of this year I had surpassed the amount of money I made freelancing in all of 2017, and then there was a complete halt that I haven't gotten out of, it's very alarming. Couple that with the work drama that started this month in my day job, it's gotten bad. I have been frequenting the ArtStation job listings but didn't know you could sell tutorials and things on there, I will most definitely be checking that out! Can I ask what you primarily do art-wise? I know we've chatted here and there on these forums and VPL and know you're a great illustrator, is that primarily what you do for income or do you code/etc.?
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    @Solistia That's very sweet of you! I don't at the moment but if that changes I'll be sure to let you know ^-^ You know, I haven't considered a temp agency! How do they work exactly? Do they place you somewhere based on your skillset or based on whether they just need some bodies? I'm actually between a rock and a hard place now; nearly a year ago I injured my SI joint (doctor thinks it'd how I was sitting when drawing) and it makes sitting uh...difficult lol. I can only sit for a half hour or so, which is why I purchased a desk riser (coming later today, woo!!) so I can stand while I draw at home now, but just last week I injured my upper back at work...I can't lift anything very heavy or bend over. So I can't sit for very long or do any lifting. >8T I would love to do a warehouse job like you described but now I worry about my back. Hopefully it'll be better in a few weeks, something like a 3rd shift UPS processing thing would be awesome.
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    @Angel If I were paying my bills with my freelance I would have ditched the day job a long time ago haha. I think you assumed since I was posting here that I'm interested in being a game maker which is not the case. Like several other artists here, I mainly do item/NPC work on this site, and if you've seen other postings, item art runs from $1-$3 each, and no one here has 500+ items they need completed per month. For me this is just another area to get some pocket change now and then, occasionally I will get one or two very large projects, but usually not. Personally I am more focused on illustration and character design which has significantly more competition and low-balling artists fighting for available jobs. On top of that I simply don't have the following I need yet and until I build that up enough I simply can't rely solely on it to keep my head above water. As much as I agree with you in that you need to spend as much time as humanly possible on your art, sometimes we just aren't lucky enough to be in that position at the time. I'm introverted as well and can only handle so much stupid in the customer-service world, so as long as I have to work a day job, I'd rather find something that would fit my personality and passions more. Unfortunately the only thing available locally for me is fast food/retail, so I made this post hoping for other ideas. @Bravefoot Oh I wish! As much as stuff has become internet-dependent, it'd be really nice if more art jobs became remote and then available to us. I hate being limited to what's nearby. @Blaire You should get one! Don't let yourself get rusty
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    @Bravefoot Do you think if the industry wasn't so congested you would be pursuing art as your career instead of clinical psychology? Just curious! I think this is the biggest thing though, it doesn't really matter how good you are (I mean being good obviously counts for SOMETHING) but honestly it's just a big waiting game until you get noticed. Ask anyone you look up to who "made it" and they'll have the same story: knew someone in the industry already (ie friend, teacher) and/or someone in the industry stumbled upon them. We gotta hold out until that moment finally comes it seems! I absolutely agree with that passion shouldn't make you stupid. Something as fragile as the art industry should really be keeping back-up plans in case things go slow.
  5. Where Do You Work?

    Lol um because bills? Art jobs don't just fall in your lap so you need something to hold you over until you land one. Don't mean to be passive or anything but right now I'm working a "day job" until I can get an industry job. I work part-time so I have time to freelance and work on my portfolio.
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    Been searching for several weeks now for a new job but I don't want something full-time because it interferes with my freelancing. I definitely don't have enough steady work to do art full-time, so I was wondering what kind of jobs you all have to keep your art passion afloat. Personally I'm tired of retail and don't want anything involving customer service (I know right) but am stumped (aka limited by location) on ideas. So what do you guys do?
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    @halichu Thank you!! The puppies in the pool tubes are examples for a YCH base, so kind of!
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    Few miscellaneous things!
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    @atomicdrawls Honestly I love it O: Digital painting is harrrrrd --------------------------------------------------------------------- Worked on some customizable dog tag/icons today!
  10. I know this topic is a couple months old but thought I'd add - you can definitely find some people on Etsy that offer listings of custom buttons, just send them the art and they'll make however many for you. As everyone has said, button machines (good ones) are on the pricey side and I searched for a machine daily for several months before biting the bullet and buying a new one from ButtonBoyInc for about $217 USD. They're just really hard to find at a good price. If you just want to start out though with buttons but not paying $200+ for a machine just yet, check out Etsy for those listings!
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    Just got back from an art convention on the other side of the states and heard from more than one person that to get a good following on Instagram you need to consistently post at least once a week, so here's the first in a (hopefully) long list of new posts!
  12. I do not work for free, but I do turn my art into gifts for friends if I feel that is something that they would like, which to me would be the equivalent of buying them a $20 (or whatever) gift. There are occasions where I will do small things for free, but it's very rare, usually it's something like adding a touch of shading to a flat commission, nothing major, and nothing where the person asked for it for free.
  13. Hey there! If you're still looking I thought I might post as well. I have a commercial arts degree (so basically graphic arts and advertising) and took some college English courses for fun. Fridays are definitely doable for me as I usually am not scheduled at my day job that day anyway. While I am a huge fan of horses and love going out of my way to research them as it is, I have no personal experience with any. I am American English as well but I do know a very small amount of Dutch. Certainly not conversational, probably about 150 words or so but might as well mention it! From your list of potential designated jobs the only one I might not be capable of is the bug reports (depending on what it is as I have no experience with these sorts of things).
  14. @Aminirus I totally get what you mean! I live on the east coast in the US and the convention is being held on the other side of the country on the west coast, so not only was hotel fees an issue but so was airfare. I will tell you the only way I was able to afford it at all was by saving the money I got in my income tax return from my day job and then every dime I've made from freelancing since April this year has gone straight to the con fund. I figured being a 110 lb female out on my own out there wasn't a great idea so I asked a friend if she would go with me if I paid for her share too, and her husband (animation student) asked if he could join us and he offered to pay his share of the hotel fees AND got us all free airfare miles. It's a huge blessing really and I really hope it becomes a turning point for me career-wise. Hotel fees seriously seem like the biggest money-grabber, I think for our six-night trip the hotel fees are nearly $1,000 alone, but we're also staying at a four-star hotel. Airbnb would have been much cheaper no doubt. Having friends to split with really helps, but I also know that there are tons of Facebook pages for popular cons where people get together to find hotel roomies to cut down on cost if that's ever something you might be willing to do. I do hope you're able to go the Ottawa con at some point, even if you're just saving a bit a year and get to go later! Ah yes you're absolutely right and thank you for the tip! I listened to a podcast the other day that recommended unfinished work such as sketches and step-by-steps in your portfolio instead of just finished pieces, it's something I personally tend to forget because I want everything to be perfect and finished, so I'll be incorporating those in my portfolio too!
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