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What would be a good job for a person like me?

I enjoy art, doodling and video games. I am unique and enjoy specific things. I also enjoy working with my hands.

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Ellen’s Answer

Hi Maddox;
That is a big question to narrow down, but here is something else to think about. Do you just want an art job to earn money? Or do you want an art career to follow through life and earn probably better money with better benefits.?

Art-related jobs are pretty plentiful: working in an art supply store, working retail in an art gallery, working in a print shop, working freelance designing web pages, and so on. Most do not require extensive training in art. Some of these may lead to a lifelong career, some may not.

There are also lots of art careers. Graphic designers of all types, interior designers, industrial designers, art gallery assistants, art teachers, community art center directors, architects, production designers for theatres and movie sets, museum workers, fashion designers fine artists, web designers, computer graphics designers, computer games designers, and so on and on and on. Most of these require a bachelor degree in art from a university or an art school, or at least training, plus some sort of internship is recommended, all of which will be an investment in your time, effort, and money. So, what you might start to think about is:

What kind of art do you like to make? Draw and paint with traditional materials, or mostly on the computer?
Go online and search some of the careers mentioned above, and see which ones appeal to you. You can also go to your school library or local library for some ideas, most now have "Career' sections.
Do you have any other hobbies or interests? Sports? Cooking? Nature? Technology? Reading? History? The movies? Some of these might lead you to specific art careers.
Do you like working with people, or do you rather work on your own?
What kind of lifestyle do you want...most art careers will not make you rich, but can give you a comfortable lifestyle.
You say you are good with your hands, do you like making mostly 2D or 3D artwork?
If you are taking art, talk to your art teacher about your answers to the above questions; they will know you well and could make some suggestions based on your general interests, as well as what they know about your art interests and abilities. (Art teachers especially love talking to kids who are serious about art careers!)

And finally, you need to think about how committed are you to an art career. Art careers often require an art degree and/or training, you probably will not get rich in an art career (but you could be comfortable financially), there is often competition for those positions, and you will need to work really hard on your art to create a portfolio that shows your art talents, art interests, and art skills. But all this is doable, so don't be scared off. Hundreds of art students find careers in art every year.

Here is my story: I'm a retired art teacher, and I loved being able to share my passion for art with kids; I loved working with kids; I loved having time during the summers to do my own art and take art classes; I liked the job security (once I got tenure); I liked that I could find teaching jobs all over the US in cities and in the suburbs: I enjoyed the other teachers I worked with. You may have other ideas about what you would enjoy, so start looking around.

Best wishes! I hope all this helps.









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Tina Q.’s Answer

Sounds like graphic design! :)
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