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MURALIST: One Job Leads To The Next

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Josh shares his story about being a muralist. He talks about what a day looks like for him and shares the story of his career path as an artist. He also provides advice to those considering becoming professional artists.

Job Title: Muralist

Job Summary: Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Job Description

Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles, or other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than a functional one.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Some craft and fine artists learn on the job from more experienced artists. Others attend non-credit classes or workshops or take private lessons, which may be offered in artists’ studios or at community colleges, art centers, galleries, museums, or other art-related institutions.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Flexible, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Remote, Outdoor, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Creativity, Artistic, Technical skills, People skills, Networking, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

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<span m='15295'>the contractors</span> <span m='15630'>are</span> <span m='15720'>working</span> <span m='16070'>on</span> <span m='16180'>this</span> <span m='16379'>project.</span> <span m='17837'>And</span> <span m='19300'>we</span> <span m='19400'>start</span> <span m='19720'>out</span> <span m='19950'>our</span> <span m='20080'>morning</span> <span m='20450'>in</span> <span m='20530'>the</span> <span m='20600'>shade,</span> <span m='21430'>and</span> <span m='21880'>then</span> <span m='22330'>once the</span> <span m='22720'>sun hits</span> <span m='23040'>the</span> <span m='23190'>wall,</span> <span m='23460'>we</span> <span m='23550'>go</span> <span m='23710'>to</span> <span m='23810'>lunch.</span> <span m='24992'>And we</span> <span m='25350'>come back</span> <span m='25490'>out and work</span> <span m='25810'>in the</span> <span m='26090'>sun for</span> <span m='26310'>the afternoon.</span> </p><p><span m='27732'>Well,</span> <span m='28206'>I</span> <span m='28680'>went to</span> <span m='29450'>art school.</span> <span m='30240'>I studied</span> <span m='30695'>at art</span> <span m='31150'>school in</span> <span m='31330'>Virginia,</span> <span m='31830'>on the</span> <span m='32330'>east coast.</span> <span m='33830'>And</span> <span m='34170'>then</span> <span m='36070'>immediately</span> <span m='36420'>moved</span> <span m='36580'>out to</span> <span m='36910'>the</span> <span m='37000'>Bay</span> <span m='37240'>Area,</span> <span m='37750'>just</span> <span m='38956'>to</span> <span m='39360'>pursue</span> <span m='39510'>work.</span> <span m='40630'>And</span> <span m='41580'>my</span> <span m='41710'>first</span> <span m='42070'>job</span> <span m='42440'>coming</span> <span m='42740'>out of</span> <span m='43010'>art</span> <span m='43305'>school</span> <span m='43600'>studying</span> <span m='44080'>illustration</span> <span m='44780'>was</span> <span m='45680'>at a</span> <span m='46170'>mural studio</span> <span m='46660'>in</span> <span m='47150'>San Francisco.</span> <span m='48130'>And</span> <span m='48420'>I had</span> <span m='48670'>done a</span> <span m='48880'>couple</span> <span m='48990'>murals</span> <span m='49110'>in</span> <span m='49590'>college,</span> <span m='50070'>so I was</span> <span m='50340'>already</span> <span m='50490'>interested</span> <span m='50970'>in</span> <span m='51070'>large</span> <span m='51380'>scale</span> <span m='51680'>paintings.</span> <span m='52666'>And</span> <span m='54370'>got a</span> <span m='54770'>job at</span> <span m='55380'>a mural</span> <span m='55590'>studio</span> <span m='56006'>as an on</span> <span m='56422'>staff</span> <span m='56840'>artist,</span> <span m='57060'>pretty</span> <span m='58020'>much</span> <span m='58240'>a</span> <span m='59210'>dream</span> <span m='59440'>job</span> <span m='59660'>for a kid</span> <span m='59680'>coming out of</span> <span m='59950'>art school.</span> </p><p><span m='61430'>That</span> <span m='61850'>lasted</span> <span m='62220'>about a</span> <span m='62420'>year,</span> <span m='62800'>then</span> <span m='62900'>you</span> <span m='63000'>get</span> <span m='63140'>to the</span> <span m='63190'>reality,</span> <span m='65080'>the</span> <span m='65860'>hard</span> <span m='66050'>knocks</span> <span m='66300'>of</span> <span m='67000'>the</span> <span m='67480'>art</span> <span m='67690'>world.</span> <span m='69215'>So</span> <span m='69560'>I've</span> <span m='69830'>done</span> <span m='70100'>all</span> <span m='70250'>kinds</span> <span m='70510'>of</span> <span m='70600'>things,</span> <span m='70830'>from</span> <span m='70950'>decorative</span> <span m='71420'>painting,</span> <span m='71700'>to</span> <span m='71980'>mural</span> <span m='72150'>work, to</span> <span m='72260'>signage,</span> <span m='72590'>to</span> <span m='73480'>scenic</span> <span m='73975'>and</span> <span m='74470'>theater,</span> <span m='74805'>to</span> <span m='75606'>murals.</span> <span m='76540'>Well,</span> <span m='77060'>when</span> <span m='77190'>you</span> <span m='77300'>ask</span> <span m='77670'>someone,</span> <span m='77920'>how</span> <span m='78140'>do</span> <span m='78210'>you</span> <span m='78290'>get</span> <span m='78440'>to</span> <span m='78530'>the</span> <span m='78680'>point,</span> <span m='79190'>they</span> <span m='79420'>can never</span> <span m='79670'>give you</span> <span m='80000'>a straight</span> <span m='80160'>answer,</span> <span m='80870'>and the</span> <span m='80920'>reason</span> <span m='81280'>is</span> <span m='81450'>because</span> <span m='81870'>there</span> <span m='82040'>is</span> <span m='82160'>no</span> <span m='82760'>straight</span> <span m='83260'>point</span> <span m='83660'>to</span> <span m='84440'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='84730'>You</span> <span m='84840'>just</span> <span m='85130'>take</span> <span m='85330'>a</span> <span m='85350'>job</span> <span m='85660'>after</span> <span m='85920'>job,</span> <span m='86290'>and</span> <span m='86460'>you're</span> <span m='88650'>always</span> <span m='88940'>looking</span> <span m='89190'>for</span> <span m='89360'>new</span> <span m='89530'>work.</span> <span m='89910'>So</span> <span m='90220'>it's not</span> <span m='90330'>like</span> <span m='90490'>you're</span> <span m='90610'>getting</span> <span m='91630'>hired or</span> <span m='92130'>fired.</span> <span m='92630'>You're constantly</span> <span m='93130'>doing it.</span> <span m='96130'>The</span> <span m='96630'>career</span> <span m='97220'>path</span> <span m='97770'>is</span> <span m='98580'>just</span> <span m='99266'>one</span> <span m='99610'>job</span> <span m='99940'>at a</span> <span m='100240'>time,</span> <span m='100350'>and</span> <span m='102250'>make</span> <span m='102530'>everyone happy</span> <span m='102780'>that you're</span> <span m='102910'>working</span> <span m='103210'>for.</span> <span m='104000'>The</span> <span m='104440'>advice I</span> <span 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