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    Talking Professionals: want to take a quick survey?

    Hello, all. I'm a college student looking into an art career, and for one of my classes I need to interview people in the field. So if you have an art-related job, and are willing to spend a few minutes talking about yourself, please respond to these questions.

    Feel free to respond however you like: paragraphs, single words, “dunno lol”, anything is fine. If something doesn't apply to you, or you don't want to give the information out, just don't answer the question.

    Name:
    Company:
    Title:
    Email:
    City/State:
    1)What do you like best about your occupation?
    2)What is most frustrating?
    3)What is most challenging?
    4)Who do you report to?
    5)What qualifications are needed? (education, training, etc.)
    6)Is there a career ladder?
    7)What is the typical entry-level job?
    8)What are the beginning, middle, and top salary ranges?
    9)How many hours a week do you work? (part-time, full-time, average if freelance)
    10) Do you see any major changes taking place in your field?
    11) Is the number of people in the field increasing/decreasing?
    12) How did you get this job?
    13)How did you get your first job in the field?
    14)How old were you when you chose this occupation?
    15)Any additional advice?

    I hope you enjoyed this little survey, and thank you very much!


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    hello, tell your teacher to stop giving out this assignment and just start teaching what he wants you to know in class rather than making you search for random answers yourself. Remind your teacher that he's being paid to teach you, and we're not. Thanks

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    We get surveys like that AT LEAST once a week. We hang out on CA to learn, make friends and relax, not to do do homeworks. Those of us still in school still have their own homeworks to do, the others have done their share. You can search for interviews on concept artists (there are many on IMagineFX website) and use these to fill up your homework.

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    This is a waste of time. Everyone will have completely different answers. Tell your instructor that these "surveys" will NEVER help you get a job or teach you anything.

    Here is one answer: Be great at what you do, love the process and you won't have to worry how you will get there.
    "If one advances confidently in the direction of
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    unexpected in common hours."
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    actually, perhaps you could post your professor's e-mail so we can all send a diatribe to him about how annoying we find him.

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    You can find these type of answers in most interviews given by pros. I'm going to be constructive though. When I was at college my illustration tutor did this the right way. She directly contacted illustrators and artists, either face to face through events or indirectly through agents, and asked them to come and talk to the students. This would give you far more insight to the professional world than a sheet of answers. Print this page out and suggest it to your professor.

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    Aesir, I think you're on to something there.
    Let's do this.

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    Ah the joys of an expensive art education.

    I have an AA in applied arts. Graphics and illustration. Very little of what I learned in school helped me in the real world. I have 27 years in various art field as well as freelance. As has been my observation with personal experience and those of good friends in various art biz; the real education comes once you get into the job market.

    For example, NO college class can ever prepare you to deal with marketing twats with ZERO production art experience or microencephalic sales people who will give you wrong info and then blame you when a $20k print jobs goes bad.

    fact is, such a questionair is useless. The art job market is incredibly diverse and the best they can do in school is give a student a good foundation in the basics first. Couple it with some business savvy. Save the interviews for the Portfolio and job placment class.
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    I completely agree! If my kid ever wants to be an artist, I will encourage him to just DO IT. If school isn't going to prepare us or our kids for the REAL world, then why not just jump into the real thing and skip all the (expensive) B.S.?

    This may be a bit extreme, but every day I tend to believe that schools are for SHEEP. If you have a goal or dream, no amount of schooling is guaranteed in getting you there. Only action and experience on your part will get you there.
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    I have got to say, this is not what I had expected (which, frankly, was to receive little or no attention at all).

    Quote Originally Posted by aesir View Post
    actually, perhaps you could post your professor's e-mail so we can all send a diatribe to him about how annoying we find him.
    No nononono. This is for a Career Orientation class, taught by an underpaid grad student. She certainly doesn't need the ire of the art community in her mailbox.

    This thread has definately been educational; I obviously went about this in the wrong manner, judging by some of the assumptions people made ('expensive art education' could not be further from the truth). A number of replies were fruitful, though, and I am very grateful for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aesir View Post
    actually, perhaps you could post your professor's e-mail so we can all send a diatribe to him about how annoying we find him.
    Agreed, but maybe since this is career advisory I'll answer these when I'm not so busy....

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    Don, I don't think you went about this the wrong way. I think this thread speaks volumes. Ask yourself why so many "professional" artists think school is a waste of time? ...Hmmmm?

    Honestly..you have to agree that those are some pointless questions. In fact I bet you could answer most of them yourself, or make up the answers.

    Maybe that is the lesson?
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    boo, if you dont have the discipline to do it yourself, go to school

    funny assignment though... is this a comfort test sorta deal? kinda like when you contact celebrities?
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