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    Your first job before going pro?

    What was your first job, art related or not? I am curious to know, how do artists support themselves before their art is good enough to present and produce professionally? I am 17 and have yet to get a job, but plan on getting one once I return home from break. Also, speaking of age and time, when did you get your first job?

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    I started working at fifteen just full time for summers until I was eighteen then I worked pretty much non-stop until 30 at the highest paying jobs I could find, electronics manufacturing, building trades, whatever. Painted on the side and sold paintings from the time I started painting at fifteen but never supported myself till I got full time work at 35 as an artist. I did get professional work starting at thirty for Baen books St Martins Press and Marion Zimmer Bradley Magazine but still had a job during the day to make ends meet.

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    Magician in a novelty store, I was 15 or 16. I sold a lot of fake toilet seat poop. Of course that doesn't count the lemonade stands and haunted house in my garage.

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    Started in construction at 17 and did that for quite a few years while working on my art and going to school. While going to school I worked in record stores as store artist, showed and sold work through sci-fi conventions and worked at an engineering and art supply store. Just before graduating with a graphic design degree I got a few paying gigs doing album covers. Landed a job making video games at EA in 1990 at around age 28.

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    I'm not a pro nor do I pretend to be but I've been working at an art supply store for the past nine months and it has freaking ruled! I get big discounts on supplies, and I even sometimes get free supplies that are unsellable or were used in classes. I've gotten hundreds of dollars worth of oil paint and (slightly damaged but fully repairable and usable) canvases! Plus I get to meet a lot of artists and talk about art all day. I love my job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Kobryn View Post
    I'm not a pro nor do I pretend to be but I've been working at an art supply store for the past nine months and it has freaking ruled! I get big discounts on supplies, and I even sometimes get free supplies that are unsellable or were used in classes. I've gotten hundreds of dollars worth of oil paint and (slightly damaged but fully repairable and usable) canvases! Plus I get to meet a lot of artists and talk about art all day. I love my job!
    Sounds like a pretty sweet place to work.

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    Nursing home kitchen aide! Yea...it was as bad as it sounds. Doubt I'll be living off my art anytime soon, so I'm currently looking into some manufacturing jobs.

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    I got a commission request from an RPG fan.

    Not art-wise, I had worked in tech support at the first public ISP here for a year before that.

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    I'm currently working as an accountant but hope to break through one day! haha. Sounds like I'm in a similar boat to others here!

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    My first work was a commissioned illustration for a single individual, a stranger on the internet, when I was 15; for what I thought was plenty of money back then (it wasn't). But it was a pretty cool job for me when the only other work options available back then were babysitting or dog-sitting, neither of which I've got any aptitude for.

    I also did some inventory work at a bookstore when I was 16-17. All other of my jobs have been art-related.

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    My job before going pro artist was architect's assistant. I was mainly doing some drafting in CAD software. Either translating analog blueprints into digital ones or once in a while designing some stuff from scratch.

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    Well I am 24 and haven't worked a single day in my life yet, just spending every day in the university studying biology since I was 18. I hope to get a job after that in biology and keep on working art at the side untill I can afford to go to an art-school with my collected money - then I hope to one day get good enough to go professional.

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    Loads of factories, bookmakers, CAD surveyor, car design, freelancer designer

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    not a pro yet or even getting from art yet but im event security. Security sucks....

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