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How hard is it to be in the painting?

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John’s Answer

No. It is actually pretty easy to get into painting. The best way is to find out your "Painting Union local number". I'm in "local 1036". That is the local for Los Angeles. Look up "IUPAT", that stands for (International Union of Painters and Allied Trades). There you should find the closest "local" to where you want to work. Your local will direct you to the apprenticeship school where you will be offered on the job training. DO NOT PAINT FOR A NON UNION CONTRACTOR!!! You will be taken advantage of and there is probably no real future there. Union contractors have to pay you according to your level no matter what. Your level is determined by how many hours you have worked. Every so many hours you move up a level and your pay goes up to that levels pay. Everyone on the same level makes the same. The Union also has some of the best benefits with great medical, dental, vision, vacation pay, retirement etc. It's really the only way to go. Your starting sallery will be low but you are guaranteed raises when you hit the level hour marks. Before you know it you will be a journeyman making $34 an hour plus. It's hard messy work but our Union is nation wide and throughout Canada so you can move anywhere and they will always find you work. You just put your name on the list and wait your turn to get hired. The economy is great right now so waiting in the list is probably no more than a few days. Hope this helps.
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Hannah’s Answer

Hi Gwynn,

Are you interested in painting as a form of studio art, or painting as a trade? If you are interested in painting or studio art, the level of challenge often corresponds to the level of training and practice you are willing to take on. If you want to make a career as a painter of canvases or of walls, practice and experience are the biggest keys to your success! For painting as a trade, apprenticeships are a fantastic way to get training and experience while also getting paid to work.

For painting as a form of visual art, many people pursue a postsecondary education at an art school, which can be challenging but also very rewarding! Some simply learn by taking informal classes and focusing on honing their skills independently or with a mentor. Many artists do not rely on their creative work for their only source of income, so it's always possible to have another career you enjoy while also developing skills as a studio artist. And, hey! If you're interested in the role painting plays in the trades AND in visual art, you can always do both!

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Mark’s Answer

Hi, Good to go online Sherwin Williams .com or to learn some painting techniques. Preparation is key if you do proper sanding,patching,caulking,sanding and use the right light you will see great results. If you don't skip steps it will come out great.like anything the more you do it the better you will become.
And go find a professional painter and ask to watch in order to learn, or help and maybe you will get hired! Good luck 👍
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Lyndsey J’s Answer

Anything that you do and you do well will be hard but if it’s your passion it will not seem as hard. The trick to success is to paint what you feel what makes you happy because then it’s authentic work. You need to step out of the box and be different. The hard work is not the painting where it becomes more work is promoting yourself in branding yourself. Branding is very important for an artist you need to become your brand.If you want more information on branding I am extremely first on this and I can help you out just go ahead and ask for more questions and I would be delighted to answer them. I hope you find us some help to you and I wish you all the best in the future.
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