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So besides learning the trade of painting at Job corps, which I am currently pursuing. What other types of training and schooling should I complete if I want to be successful in life as a painter?

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Josh’s Answer

The most successful painters are those who run their own business. Find a program that assists you in understanding the ins and outs of running a business. Painting is a skill and you should continue developing your skill but if you decide to choose this as a career you can really do well and provide a great service running a small business that paints for people. Running a business requires understanding the requirements to legally and effectively run a business. Even if you plan to just be an owner operator and have no employees there are still requirements to operate your business.

Seek out safety training on how to use the tools needed to paint safely. Depending on the type of painting you could be exposed to chemical hazards, ladders safety, scaffold safety, and other physical hazards. If you understand the safety aspects of the job you will have a much better career.

Good Luck it is a wonderful and needed trade.
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Jamie’s Answer

Josh's answer is a fantastic one! Having an understanding of how to run a business provides you an understanding of how you can monetise your skill, the way a business functions and needs to be setup.
I would also ask you to consider what you want to create with your art? How you want to share it? Are you looking to teach people about technique, application, comprehension? What are you goals in pursuing art as a career? What does that look like for you? Are you looking to work on commissioned projects? Are you wanting to work on your own style? Develop a new trend? Do you want to be in museums or on people's walls? Do you want your own gallery? Art school?
As well as studying business, I would encourage you to study your journey. What you want out of this career path and what you are offering other people in pursuing it. Once you have a outline of what this looks like for you, then you will be able to apply both your art skill and your business knowledge to define your own career.
Dream big!!
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