In the field of art, there are many types of jobs for artists, whether that is physically drawing, to creating pieces out of different material, to making art through filming. Whatever path you chose to take in the field of art, all you need to know is that there are endless possibilities. These are three points of views in life starting from someone who has a job, someone who is in college, and lastly someone who is still in high school. These point of views lets you know what’s out there and what steps you might need to take to get the job you want.
To start off, Marielle M, an animation studio rigger/library artist has some things to tell about their field of work. “[A rigger, or a library artist, is someone who] cut out characters, props, and effects for the animators so that they can animate easier and faster.” Before their role as an animator, and something they had found was that it is extremely stressful but is also fulfilling when it comes done to the end product. However, “for [Marielle], being a library artist is more fun and relaxing than being an animator. You can earn money based on your skills, dedication, and passion.” To get a job like Marielle’s you would go through some type of test and need to go through drawing on paper and drawing digitally. Finally, an end message they would like to give is:
“pursue what you want. Being an artist is not an easy [thing] but as long as you have the passion, and the willingness to learn more, you’ll receive what you deserve.”
Secondly, this is someone who is still in college, Riku K. is pursuing to graduate as a metal artisan. A “metal artisan can do more modern metal and traditional work, like forging” and that is what he is interested in. There are also “some 3D design and graphic design” that goes along with his interests. As for finding a job, “there aren’t many options for work, it’s [more of] a self-employed job.” It mainly depends on what you want to do as an artist, because there are some other options since art is anything creative, such as, “graphic designer, 3D designer, motion graphics, illustration.” Riku is currently in college, and he hasn’t found many struggles in college as it is only his first year there. Finding a job will be difficult, as already said, his options are to start his own business or try to “find work in 3D design or graphic design.” Finally, an end message, Riku would like to give is:
“get an education. If it’s an option for you, just go to art college. It’s fun, and you may learn about something [that you’re] actually [interested in]. But most importantly you’ll get [an] education, [and] it’s [going to] help you get a job in the field you’re interested in.”
Lastly, this is someone who is still in high school, Xander P. is pursuing a career in film director/graphic design. In this case, “lead production and making a film” is his preferred role which “usually hire others to work under you/leader different areas of the filmmaking process.” If these aren’t something you are thinking about, there are other jobs like “creative director, graphic, musician, [and] freelance artist. [However,] depending on your career choice,” you may not need to know how to draw both traditional and digital, but “it’s very important for graphic design.” Xander is going to go to college for three years and “will be learning about many areas of film, such as directing, producing, editing, sound, lighting, but some struggles would be finding work after and minimizing burn out.” You would have to go to college because “film industry accepts more job applicants who have been to college and had experience working with equipment. College is more hands-on than university is, [there are also], a lot of the time, more flexible. Courses that are helpful [are] filmmaking, editing, character design, storyboarding, [and possibly more].” Finally, an end message, Xander would give is:
“don’t give up on your dreams! There are many ways to be successful in an art career and make a living.”
There are endless possibilities, it is just up to you to decide what path you take as an artist. These were three points of views from three different points in life: already in work, in college, and in high school.