Artists and their day jobs - Part 1

It's common for an artist to work a normal 9 to 5 and create art after hours - often during the evenings and weekends. It involves stealing time away from the usual responsibilities of life. Many of us not only have jobs, but also routines, bills to pay, families and friends who compete for our time. And yet, we invest a little each day, week, evening or whenever we can to nourish our creativity and build our businesses on the side. Most importantly, we value the moments we get to dedicate ourselves to our craft.

I interview a handful of artists from different walks of life, who share their experience in juggling their art with careers, families and other everyday responsibilities. How do we do it? 

These are our stories.

 

David Coleman

What kind of art do you create?
Portraiture, landscapes, figurative, still life in watercolor, pastels, oils and graphite.

What is your day job?
Cabinet Maker/ Assistant Production Supervisor

What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
It's steady and I'm working with my hands all day. It is yet another outlet for my creativity and problem-solving skills. And it is for a great company committed to a great user experience and high customer satisfaction. As well as that, I get to work with a team of like-minded artisans!

What is your dream?
Continue to paint and sell my artwork and travel to different locations.

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Sonia Wilkinson

What kind of art do you create?
Acrylic paintings, in a quirky, funny face done in a cubist style.

What is your day job?
Graphic Design.

What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
I'm working in a very corporate company, where creativity died many years ago.

What is your dream?
To get out of my graphic design career and work from home, self employed, again. But doing it right where I actually make money. I also want to help others find their creativity and perhaps even a career in the creative arts if that works for them.

 Sonia Wilkinson

Sonia Wilkinson

See Sonia's art on: 

Soniawilkinsonart.com

 


Tana lynn Moldovanos

What kind of art do you create?
Encaustic & acrylic paintings

What is your day job?
I am a makeup artist in the TV and film industry.

What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
Love that it is a creative job, hate that I work 14 - 16 hours a day.

What is your dream?
To make a good living painting full time!

 Tana lynn Moldovanos

Tana lynn Moldovanos

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Lynde Young

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What kind of art do you create?
Digital, aquamedia painting, and paper sculpture.

What is your day job?
My paying job is as a manager of a bookstore, restaurant and a 2 unit B&B. I am also the CEO of a non-profit social services virtual library, without pay.

What do you like/dislike about having a day job?
The paying job has given me the income to buy my first house at 64 years of age. It is also paying for the house remodel, which includes my new inside and outside studio spaces. I've had my first studio space since 1999. I have no dislike of my job, except for the time it takes. I like the security of the JOB and the public interaction it affords.

What is your dream?
To be debt free by 2021 and able to work only at making art and managing a crew to do the restaurant work.

 Lynde Young

Lynde Young

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