Re: Big question, a bit off topic, though not completely...
Posted by Joan on October 28, 2002 at 05:30:03:
In reply to: Re: Big question, a bit off topic, though not completely... posted by Jewel on October 28, 2002 at 04:56:10:t: Hi Joan,
: I'm in Singapore so I don't know how much of this is relevant to
: 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.
: busy months like June and December (school vacation), sometimes I
: 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
: Sometimes Lezard and I will do fairs (but this is rare). Even
: 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.
Wow, I've seen your work before, it's beautiful. I know what you mean
by needing your job to keep you alive. That's what I'm thinking
about. Because I don't know how comfortably I could live on an
artist's income. What exactly is visual comms? What type of jobs
would that branch off into? Thanks so much for all the information!
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