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Top Ten Jobs for Artsy People

If you feel like you don’t quite walk in step with the straight-laced business world, check out these top artsy jobs.

1) Painter — You know you love it, so grab your brush. Paint murals outside buildings or inside children’s rooms. Create art for the gallery or embellish hand-blown glass.

2) Tattoo ArtistActors are memorialized by placing handprints on Hollywood Boulevard. Leave your mark on the world, one inked ankle at a time.

3) Photographer — All you need is a camera, some know-how, and an artistic eye. From there, you decide whether to focus your lens as a Wedding Photographer, or snap random pics of the countryside.

4) Designer — If you can dream it, you can design it. Clothes, cars, toys—whatever you’re passionate about can evolve from an idea to a product with your creative talents at the table.

5) Dancer — Not everyone can do it, so revel in your talent. Perform the Nutcracker Suite, score a job on Broadway, become a Dance Instructor, or own your own dance studio.

6) Illustrator — Are you caught doodling during meetings, in class, or at the dinner table? Use that passion to draw pictures for children’s books, or express your thoughts as a Cartoonist.

7) Music Conductor — Pick the scores, practice with the best Musicians in the world, and lead them through a performance that will wow the audience.

8) Art Director — Combine your artistic vision with your managerial skills, and direct the artistic features of film, theater, or advertisements.

9) Animator — Let your computer and drafting skills mingle with your creativity to create animated sequences for film or video games.

10) Writer — Writing has always been a creative outlet. Become a Novelist, publish short stories, or contribute magazine articles.

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Careers You May Like

Television Writer

Spin memorable stories for TV audiences.

Script Supervisor

Make sure the details of a movie are consistent from scene to scene.


Write scenes and plays for theater productions.

Greeting Card Writer

Think up meaningful verses for greeting cards.

Fiction Writer

Turn imaginative ideas into books or short stories.

Comic Book Writer

Pen fantastic comic book stories.

Burlesque Performer

Tease and titillate in vintage dance productions.

Ballroom Dancer

Perform structured ballroom dances with poise and grace.

Ballet Dancer

Bring beauty and grace to the stage dancing classic ballet.

Backup Dancer

Accompany lead performers in high-power dance routines.


Master the art of storytelling to create books for others to read.

Art Professor

Teach university students about art.

Multimedia Artist

Show your art in a variety of channels, like digital, film, and video.

Television Producer

Manage the business side of producing TV shows.


Stamp prints on paper using wood or metal carvings.

Comic Book Artist

Illustrate high-impact pictures for comic books.

Combat Photographer

Take pictures of soldiers and the wars they fight from the front lines.

Fashion Show Producer

Oversee the design, marketing and coordination of fashion shows.

Scientific Illustrator

Create highly accurate drawings for students and scientists.


Create images and pictures to enrich stories.

Art Appraiser

Figure out the true value of artwork.

Art Consultant

Choose and buy artworks for clients.

Scientific Photographer

Record scientific data using a camera for organizations or businesses.


Express emotions or stories through movement.


Investigate and write up news stories for TV, web, or print.

Editorial Photographer

Take pictures that make articles jump off the page.


Create comic strips.

Character Designer

Create the appearance of complex animated characters.


Put animation and real film footage together to make one amazing movie.


Publish your thoughts and insights for online audiences.

Music Producer

Oversee the development and production of songs and albums.

Headshot Photographer

Capture the essence of actors, authors, or models with close-up shots.

Fashion Photographer

Snap photos of runway models and the latest designs.


Write anything from scripts or news to blogs or books.

Production Designer

Design the look of a film set and supervise the team that creates it.


Capture images of the world for newspapers, websites, and art exhibits.

Courtroom Sketch Artist

Draw images of court cases when photographs are not permitted.


Write dialogue and directions for a motion picture.

Advertising Producer

Supervise the design and production of advertising spots.


Make illustrated objects come to life using artistic and technical talents.

Tattoo Artist

Ink all sorts of designs onto skin.

Flash Designer

Create animated, interactive web pages using Flash.

Nonfiction Writer

Research and write histories, biographies, and science books.

Writing Consultant

Help new Writers find their voice, an Agent and, ultimately, a Publisher.

Travel Photographer

Capture images from around the globe.

Radio Producer

Take charge of what your radio station broadcasts.

Line Producer

Keep track of the budget for TV or film productions.


Paint massive pictures on walls and other large surfaces.


Carve art work out of clay, wood, or other materials.

Texture Artist

Draw the details that make games and animated movies look more realistic.

Television Executive Producer

Make all major creative and business decisions for TV Shows.

2D Animator

Make 2D images move using hand drawings or computer software.

Food Photographer

Take close-ups of scrumptious salads, soups, and entres for menus or ads.

Technical Artist

Design awesome game graphics that won't cause computers to crash.

Nature Photographer

Snap pictures of landscapes and wildlife for magazines and journals.

Underwater Photographer

Dive below the waves to take pictures of the underwater world.


Weave interesting characters and plots together to write best sellers.

Unit Stills Photographer

Work on movie sets taking publicity photos of Actors during filming.

Concept Artist

Think up characters, objects, or environments for films or video games.

Commercial Photographer

Snap photographs for businesses, advertising agencies, and more.

Advertising Photographer

Sell products by shooting photos that say, You want to buy this!

Music Photographer

Create images of Musicians at work in the studio.

Arts Manager

Oversee an art department with a mix of creative and business skills.

3D Animator

Bring illustrated objects to life for movies and video games.


Use words and rhymes to create poetry.

Restoration Artist

Help bring back the original look and splendor of a piece of art.

Film Executive Producer

Oversee all movie business and production from start to finish.


Use your artistic talents to make innovative products.

Environment Artist

Design the scenery of a video game.

Mystery Writer

Write intriguing books to keep your readers in suspense.

Forensic Photographer

Record images of crime scenes and victims to bring about justice.

Art Director

Control the overall look of an ad, movie, or TV show.

Creative Director

Lead your organization's creative projects from concept to completion.

Matte Painter

Make backdrops for movies.

Medical Photographer

Capture clear images of surgeries for medical school textbooks.

Infographic Artist

Use graphics to express ideas, facts, and information.

Film Art Director

Manage the department charged with creating movie sets.

Storyboard Artist

Create a series of drawings showing the flow of a movie or ad.

Romance Writer

Create novels full of love, lust, and passion for your dedicated fans.

Video Game Technical Artist

Animate game art by writing its computer code.

Visual Effects Producer

Develop visual concepts, schedules and budgets for film special effects.

Visual Development Artist

Help develop the visual world of an animated film.

Architectural Photographer

Use skillful photography to make buildings and homes look their best.

Environmental Artist

Produce art to promote environmental causes.

Stop Motion Animator

Make animated films or shorts using the stop motion technique.


Adorn canvases with colorful paint.

Cinematic Artist

Produce graphics that make video games flow like a movie.

Photo Stylist

Create the perfect atmosphere for photo shoots.

3D Modeler

Create digital models that can be viewed from all angles.

Wildlife Photographer

Shoot pictures of wild animals in their natural habitat.

Police Sketch Artist

Draw portraits of crime suspects to help investigations.


Write lyrics and catchy phrases to accompany melodies.


Create pieces of art that are beautiful, provocative, or cutting-edge.

Mixed Media Artist

Fashion works of art by mixing and matching various materials.

Forensic Sculptor

Construct sculptures to show what crime victims look like.