Re: Big question, a bit off topic, though not completely...

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Posted by Jewel on October 28, 2002 at 04:56:10:

In reply to: Big question, a bit off topic, though not completely... posted by Joan on October 28, 2002 at 02:07:27:

Hi Joan,

I'm in Singapore so I don't know how much of this is relevant to you.
I hope it will help somehow though. I have a day job and I do henna
on the sideline. Last year, I was employed on contract by a bridal
house as their henna artist. On the average, I do a bride a week. In
busy months like June and December (school vacation), sometimes I do
2 - 4 a week. This arrangement is perfect for me as I'd go for my
henna assignments in the evening, after work. Nothing is compromised.

Sometimes Lezard and I will do fairs (but this is rare). Even though
I know that I can gain much experience from fairs, I simply have no
time to do them (except weekends). Before the contract, I didn't do
much promotion on my henna services (heck I didn't even have a
card!). Business is through word of mouth.

In Singapore, it's hard to survive without paper qualifications.
Everyone is racing for the paper chase. Some fortunate (and
enterprising) people might be able to make without it, with much
foresight, wit and determination. The majority just challenge each
other to climb the ladder of success (defined as the 5 C's).

Most full-time artists I know are housewives. Most of them that I
talked to said that it's just additional income.

Perhaps you'd like to look into majoring in something creative like
Visual Comms or something like that. That way you can keep that
creative energy going ;).

Just my 2 cents. Hope everything works well for you!


NB: Strangely, I've always wanted to build my life as an artist and
have my fair share of struggles but I majored in Engineering and
Marketing (against my instincts). Even though I love my job (PR), I
still wish I was an artist. Art will ALWAYS be my first love, but I
need my job to keep me alive.


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