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MURALIST, IN-DEPTH: I'm Able To Support Myself Doing What I Love

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Wythe goes in-depth with his story about being a muralist. He shares all the things he likes about his job, like mixing paint and the challenges he faces. Plus, he talks about why he keeps on coming back to painting murals, and he provides great advice to artists who want to follow his mural-painting path. Wythe also talks about his work-life balance. His work is all consuming but he loves it.

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, Varies Widely, Full-time, Irregular, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Outdoor, Remote, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Likes working with hands, Technical skills, Artistic, Creativity, People skills, Hand-eye coordination, Networking
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m='29780'>right</span> <span m='29920'>now</span> <span m='29970'>we're</span> <span m='30220'>painting</span> <span m='30550'>on</span> <span m='30670'>these</span> <span m='30730'>small</span> <span m='31220'>bricks.</span> <span m='31570'>We have</span> <span m='31780'>to</span> <span m='31960'>paint in</span> <span m='32270'>between</span> <span m='32750'>each</span> <span m='33030'>track,</span> <span m='34120'>and</span> <span m='34730'>underneath</span> <span m='35570'>each</span> <span m='35880'>crack,</span> <span m='36350'>and so that's</span> <span m='36820'>kind of</span> <span m='37290'>tedious.</span> <span m='40110'>Smooth</span> <span m='40450'>walls</span> <span m='40930'>are</span> <span m='41100'>nice.</span> </p><p><span m='41770'>The</span> <span m='41860'>key</span> <span m='42490'>step</span> <span m='44750'>to</span> <span m='45390'>get</span> <span m='45720'>here.</span> <span m='46230'>I've</span> <span m='46723'>always</span> <span m='47216'>been</span> <span m='47709'>painting</span> <span m='48695'>and</span> <span m='49188'>drawing,</span> <span m='49681'>and</span> <span m='50180'>I've</span> <span m='50490'>always wanted to</span> <span m='50950'>be an artist,</span> <span m='51410'>or--</span> <span m='52220'>I</span> <span m='52713'>don't really</span> <span m='53206'>know</span> <span m='53699'>exactly what</span> <span m='54192'>that means, but</span> <span m='54685'>I wanted to do</span> <span m='55178'>illustration.</span> <span m='58629'>What</span> <span m='59122'>keeps me</span> <span m='59615'>coming back</span> <span m='60108'>to this is</span> <span m='60601'>that,</span> <span m='61587'>again,</span> <span m='63790'>adding</span> <span m='65349'>society,</span> <span m='66330'>or</span> <span m='66510'>adding</span> <span m='66710'>to</span> <span m='66860'>a city,</span> <span m='67240'>and</span> <span m='67360'>adding</span> <span m='67480'>to</span> <span m='67710'>a</span> <span m='68050'>community</span> <span m='69630'>is</span> <span m='69770'>really,</span> <span m='70430'>actually,</span> <span m='70800'>what's</span> <span m='71140'>important</span> <span m='71610'>to</span> <span m='71650'>me.</span> <span m='72490'>And</span> <span m='72590'>that's</span> <span m='72780'>what</span> <span m='72900'>keeps</span> <span m='73100'>me</span> <span m='73250'>going</span> <span m='73430'>back</span> <span m='73690'>to</span> <span m='73800'>this.</span> </p><p><span m='74530'>Whereas</span> <span m='75070'>instead</span> <span m='75380'>of</span> <span m='77730'>locking</span> <span m='78020'>myself</span> <span m='78350'>in my</span> <span m='78470'>room</span> <span m='78690'>and</span> <span m='79800'>creating</span> <span m='80080'>illustrations--</span> <span m='82010'>that's</span> <span m='82250'>one</span> <span m='82450'>thing.</span> <span m='82690'>But</span> <span m='82890'>this</span> <span m='83150'>is</span> <span m='83440'>more</span> <span m='83970'>kind</span> <span m='84295'>of</span> <span m='84620'>selfless,</span> <span m='85045'>in a</span> <span m='85470'>sense,</span> <span m='85810'>which</span> <span m='86010'>I</span> <span m='86200'>appreciate.</span> <span m='86545'>I mean,</span> <span m='86890'>there's a</span> <span m='86980'>lot of</span> <span m='87120'>organizations</span> <span m='88110'>that are always</span> <span m='88280'>looking</span> <span m='88530'>for</span> <span m='88680'>volunteer</span> <span m='89300'>work.</span> <span m='89560'>Like</span> <span m='89640'>Precita</span> <span m='89930'>Eyes,</span> <span m='90400'>in</span> <span m='90490'>San</span> <span m='90670'>Francisco,</span> <span m='91250'>is</span> <span m='91370'>a</span> <span m='91430'>great,</span> <span m='92850'>great</span> <span m='93610'>organization.</span> </p><p><span m='94330'>And</span> <span m='95640'>it's</span> <span m='95770'>a</span> <span m='95800'>great</span> <span m='96000'>way</span> <span m='96080'>to</span> <span m='96130'>get</span> <span m='96250'>your</span> <span m='96350'>foot</span> <span m='96540'>in</span> <span m='96600'>the</span> <span m='96680'>door,</span> <span m='96900'>and to</span> <span m='96980'>learn</span> <span m='97260'>about</span> <span m='97550'>the</span> <span m='100080'>business,</span> <span m='100540'>and about</span> <span m='100950'>the</span> <span m='101450'>reality</span> <span m='102010'>of</span> <span m='103020'>working</span> <span m='103370'>on</span> <span m='103480'>scissor</span> <span m='103800'>lifts,</span> <span m='104090'>and</span> <span m='104560'>climbing</span> <span m='104950'>scaffolding,</span> <span m='105640'>and</span> <span m='105800'>using big</span> <span m='106280'>brushes.</span> <span m='107610'>So</span> <span m='109090'>I</span> <span m='109200'>would</span> <span m='109350'>say</span> <span m='109540'>start</span> <span m='109840'>there,</span> <span m='110300'>and</span> <span m='110550'>then</span> <span m='110920'>see</span> <span m='111110'>if</span> <span m='111210'>we</span> <span m='111260'>want</span> <span m='111420'>to</span> <span m='111460'>do</span> <span m='111640'>it.</span> <span m='113180'>You</span> <span m='113330'>really</span> <span m='113570'>can</span> <span m='113700'>go</span> <span m='113830'>to</span> <span m='113940'>any</span> <span m='114210'>business</span> <span m='114615'>if you have a</span> <span m='115020'>portfolio</span> <span m='115390'>and say,</span> <span m='115760'>hey, I paint</span> <span m='116184'>murals,</span> <span m='116608'>and</span> <span m='117456'>I'd</span> <span m='117880'>like</span> <span m='118380'>to paint</span> <span m='118750'>your</span> <span m='118870'>wall.</span> <span m='119280'>I noticed</span> <span m='119530'>you</span> <span m='119650'>have</span> <span m='120350'>graffiti</span> <span m='120950'>on</span> <span m='121040'>your</span> <span m='121150'>wall,</span> <span m='121640'>and</span> <span m='122020'>we can</span> <span m='122400'>beautify your</span> <span m='122580'>wall.</span> </p><p><span m='123160'>And</span> <span m='123610'>this is my</span> <span m='124074'>information,</span> <span m='124538'>and this is</span> <span m='125002'>my work.</span> <span m='125466'>And</span> <span m='125930'>really,</span> <span m='126394'>I</span> <span m='126860'>think, you'd</span> <span m='127000'>be</span> <span m='127090'>surprised</span> <span m='127700'>with</span> <span m='128550'>how</span> <span m='128680'>many</span> <span m='128830'>people</span> <span m='129280'>are</span> <span m='129639'>like,</span> <span m='130044'>well,</span> <span m='130449'>all right.</span> <span m='131260'>See</span> <span m='131440'>what</span> <span m='131580'>you</span> <span m='131850'>can do.</span> <span m='132880'>My</span> <span m='132950'>work</span> <span m='133230'>life</span> <span m='133470'>balance.</span> <span m='133860'>You know,</span> <span m='134300'>it</span> <span m='134740'>is</span> <span m='135020'>kind</span> <span m='135190'>of</span> <span m='135420'>all</span> <span m='135690'>consuming,</span> <span m='137400'>because</span> <span m='138080'>when I'm</span> <span m='138550'>not</span> <span m='139518'>on the</span> <span m='140002'>wall,</span> <span m='140486'>I'm</span> <span m='140970'>usually working</span> <span m='141454'>on designs</span> <span m='141938'>for other</span> <span m='142422'>projects.</span> <span m='143390'>So I</span> <span m='143874'>will,</span> <span m='144358'>and</span> <span m='144842'>that's</span> <span m='145810'>in the comfort</span> <span m='146294'>of my</span> <span m='146778'>home,</span> <span m='147262'>and</span> <span m='147746'>drawing</span> <span m='148230'>table.</span> <span m='149198'>It's</span> <span m='149690'>usually</span> <span m='150020'>a</span> <span m='150080'>lot</span> <span m='150320'>cooler.</span> </p><p><span m='151270'>You don't have</span> <span m='151610'>a</span> <span m='152015'>sunburn.</span> <span m='153920'>So</span> <span m='154180'>that,</span> <span m='155434'>yeah.</span> <span m='155931'>It's kind of</span> <span m='156428'>all</span> <span m='156925'>consuming,</span> <span m='157422'>in a</span> <span m='157919'>sense,</span> <span m='158416'>but it's</span> <span m='158913'>also my</span> <span m='159410'>passion, and</span> <span m='159907'>I'm able to</span> <span m='160404'>support myself</span> <span m='160901'>doing it.</span> <span m='162900'>This</span> <span m='162920'>thing</span> <span m='163150'>that I</span> <span m='163320'>love.</span> <span m='163780'>So</span> <span m='163890'>really,</span> <span m='164170'>it's</span> <span m='165470'>a</span> <span m='165760'>labor</span> <span m='166140'>of love.</span> <span m='166430'>It's</span> <span m='166580'>not</span> <span m='166770'>really</span> <span m='166990'>work</span> <span m='167290'>at that</span> <span m='167590'>point,</span> <span m='167890'>because I</span> <span m='168190'>love to do</span> <span m='168490'>it so</span> <span m='168790'>much.</span> </p>","file":{"id":297213,"video_id":"2746089387001","name":"1271-Wythe-p-Muralist2 In-Depth","duration":169994,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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