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how would one NOT struggle with the profession of artist or actor?


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Monique’s Answer

HI Jamie
As an artist, it depends. If you go into advertising or technology, you could make a lot of money. In Adverting: You might be working on illustrations, storyboard commercials, working in coloring, etc. In Technology: you could be working on user designs making sure layouts are user friendly for online, mobile apps, or VR.
Or you could be freelance trying to sell your work on your own. It'll likely take a while to get your name known and you might have to do a few free pieces, but if your good, original, and determined, you can do it!

It all depends on if you want to work for yourself or for someone else.

I prefer using my art education and work for someone else so i don't have to worry about 401Ks, health insurance, etc. But my husband would feel like a sellout if he did that, so he's freelance. LOL its up to you!

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Caroline’s Answer

To be a good Actor you should be able to play several different parts no matter how big or small the part. Be able to take constructive criticism for exactly what it is. Do not be discouraged if you go to 10-15 calls and do not get a call back. Make sure when you are on set that you are very easy to work with and not on your phone or complaining. Over be helpful , No one likes to work with rude people so be personable with the people on set that are doing your makeup or wardrobe they will remember you by your great personality and suggest working with you again, and this is what you want for others to say you are really easy to work with and is a great actor. It would be best if you had a agent because it is there job to get you the casting calls and prepare you for what they are looking for. Keep in mind that many of the people that are at the casting call will look similar to you and that is because you have the look now if say for the part you must be able to ride a bike and the others do not know how you will get the part. Initially even if there is a part as a extra never turn it down ever, the thing to remember is that you still have a part in the movie or show. etc . The more you get your face out there they better off you will be.

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Melissa’s Answer

The honest answer here is that no matter what profession you choose, art related or not, it's going to be a struggle. Work isn't called work because it's easy. Even those who do acting and art professionally can tell you that it's not an easy path, and if you're not passionate about it, you're going to have a rough time. But that shouldn't deter you from pursuing something you care about! Something important that you should be doing is making sure you're building relationships with people in both or either of these industries. Tag other artists/actors in posts about your work. DM them telling them how much you admire their work. A lot of it is making friends in the industry. :) Good luck!

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