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CUSTOM FRAMER/OWNER, IN-DEPTH: Presenting People's Art

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Patrick, a custom framer and art gallery owner, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. He was working at the restaurant next door to the shop when it was put up for sale. He bought the framing shop and was able to put his skills honed during college to use.

Degree: Philosophy
Job Title: Custom Framer & Art Gallery Owner
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Craft Artists

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.

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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
Full-time, Irregular, Part-time
Typical workplace
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Indoor, Office, Hospital / Clinic, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Artistic, Creativity, Likes working with hands, People skills
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m='13800'>and</span> <span m='13910'>all</span> <span m='14080'>the</span> <span m='14550'>frames</span> <span m='14900'>look</span> <span m='15050'>great</span> <span m='15320'>together</span> <span m='15700'>with</span> <span m='15880'>the</span> <span m='15960'>picture,</span> <span m='16450'>and then</span> <span m='16730'>someone</span> <span m='17000'>hangs</span> <span m='17330'>it on</span> <span m='17490'>their</span> <span m='17550'>wall</span> <span m='17860'>for</span> <span m='18260'>20 to</span> <span m='18580'>40</span> <span m='18900'>years,</span> <span m='20130'>it's</span> <span m='20340'>very</span> <span m='20530'>satisfying.</span> <span m='21200'>So</span> <span m='21500'>seeing</span> <span m='21800'>people's</span> <span m='22100'>reactions</span> <span m='22700'>when</span> <span m='22800'>they</span> <span m='22880'>get</span> <span m='23070'>their</span> <span m='23190'>picture</span> <span m='23500'>frames,</span> <span m='25070'>that's</span> <span m='25320'>very</span> <span m='25500'>satisfying.</span> </p><p><span m='26700'>We</span> <span m='26790'>also</span> <span m='27110'>enjoy</span> <span m='27450'>the art</span> <span m='27610'>gallery</span> <span m='28050'>a</span> <span m='28110'>lot.</span> <span m='29020'>Doing</span> <span m='29260'>shows,</span> <span m='29900'>meeting</span> <span m='30210'>artists,</span> <span m='30830'>showing</span> <span m='31230'>art,</span> <span m='32170'>having</span> <span m='32420'>receptions,</span> <span m='33350'>that's</span> <span m='33780'>a</span> <span m='33830'>lot</span> <span m='33990'>of</span> <span m='34070'>fun.</span> <span m='34680'>But</span> <span m='34880'>generally,</span> <span m='35550'>it's</span> <span m='35710'>a</span> <span m='35770'>pretty</span> <span m='36370'>laid</span> <span m='36610'>back</span> <span m='36890'>day and</span> <span m='37140'>I</span> <span m='37170'>work</span> <span m='37440'>at</span> <span m='37500'>my</span> <span m='37660'>own</span> <span m='37870'>pace.</span> <span m='38350'>I</span> <span m='38420'>don't</span> <span m='38610'>have</span> <span m='38750'>a</span> <span m='38820'>boss,</span> <span m='39470'>and</span> <span m='39750'>I</span> <span m='39770'>only</span> <span m='40010'>have</span> <span m='40170'>one</span> <span m='40320'>employee</span> <span m='40820'>so</span> <span m='41010'>things</span> <span m='41300'>aren't</span> <span m='41450'>too</span> <span m='41580'>bad</span> <span m='41830'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='43380'>The</span> <span m='43790'>most</span> <span m='44060'>annoying</span> <span m='44450'>thing</span> <span m='44650'>about</span> <span m='44880'>the</span> <span m='44960'>job,</span> <span m='45240'>I</span> <span m='45290'>guess,</span> <span m='45700'>is</span> <span m='47500'>making</span> <span m='47840'>picture</span> <span m='48160'>frames</span> <span m='49450'>can</span> <span m='49570'>be</span> <span m='49700'>a</span> <span m='49740'>very</span> <span m='49980'>challenging</span> <span m='50540'>job.</span> <span m='51230'>Everyone's</span> <span m='51740'>different,</span> <span m='52230'>so</span> <span m='52420'>every</span> <span m='52750'>picture</span> <span m='53220'>is</span> <span m='53310'>different.</span> <span m='53700'>Every</span> <span m='53930'>frame</span> <span m='54260'>is</span> <span m='54360'>different</span> <span m='54750'>or</span> <span m='54920'>custom.</span> <span m='56630'>And</span> <span m='56820'>every</span> <span m='57550'>new</span> <span m='57730'>job</span> <span m='58080'>has</span> <span m='58280'>its</span> <span m='58430'>own</span> <span m='58580'>set</span> <span m='58780'>of</span> <span m='58850'>challenges,</span> <span m='59430'>so</span> <span m='59680'>it's</span> <span m='59800'>sort</span> <span m='60000'>of</span> <span m='60100'>like</span> <span m='60350'>starting</span> <span m='60700'>all</span> <span m='60910'>over.</span> <span m='61660'>It's</span> <span m='61900'>a</span> <span m='61920'>very</span> <span m='62100'>challenging,</span> <span m='62710'>but</span> <span m='62940'>it's</span> <span m='63080'>also</span> <span m='63370'>very</span> <span m='63580'>rewarding</span> <span m='64120'>when</span> <span m='64250'>you</span> <span m='64459'>complete</span> <span m='64860'>the</span> <span m='64930'>job</span> <span m='65459'>and</span> <span m='66070'>the</span> <span m='66190'>customer</span> <span m='66560'>really</span> <span m='66790'>likes</span> <span m='67040'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='67950'>I</span> <span m='68070'>guess</span> <span m='68340'>the</span> <span m='68480'>moment</span> <span m='68820'>when</span> <span m='69250'>we</span> <span m='69400'>realized</span> <span m='69780'>we</span> <span m='69870'>were</span> <span m='69980'>going</span> <span m='70100'>to</span> <span m='70280'>open</span> <span m='70720'>our own</span> <span m='71640'>custom</span> <span m='71990'>framing</span> <span m='72550'>shop</span> <span m='72940'>and</span> <span m='73040'>art</span> <span m='73190'>gallery,</span> <span m='74110'>I</span> <span m='74460'>actually had</span> <span m='74950'>worked</span> <span m='75220'>in</span> <span m='75290'>restaurants</span> <span m='75830'>for</span> <span m='75940'>a</span> <span m='76000'>long</span> <span m='76240'>time.</span> <span m='76540'>So</span> <span m='76720'>it's</span> <span m='76840'>kind</span> <span m='77000'>of</span> <span m='77090'>a</span> <span m='77140'>weird</span> <span m='77440'>story,</span> <span m='79380'>but</span> <span m='80190'>I</span> <span m='80270'>did</span> <span m='80460'>go</span> <span m='80570'>to</span> <span m='80640'>school</span> <span m='80950'>for</span> <span m='81350'>a</span> <span m='81430'>good</span> <span m='81960'>amount</span> <span m='82170'>of</span> <span m='82230'>time.</span> <span m='82500'>I</span> <span m='82550'>did</span> <span m='82680'>have</span> <span m='82840'>some</span> <span m='82980'>background in</span> <span m='83430'>picture</span> <span m='83740'>framing.</span> <span m='84080'>But</span> <span m='84190'>I</span> <span m='84240'>worked</span> <span m='84500'>in</span> <span m='84560'>restaurants</span> <span m='85070'>quite</span> <span m='85270'>a</span> <span m='85310'>bit,</span> <span m='85550'>too.</span> </p><p><span m='86230'>And I</span> <span m='86410'>actually</span> <span m='86820'>was</span> <span m='86980'>the</span> <span m='87050'>general</span> <span m='87330'>manager</span> <span m='87720'>of</span> <span m='87780'>the</span> <span m='87860'>restaurant</span> <span m='88350'>next</span> <span m='88610'>door.</span> <span m='89340'>And</span> <span m='89930'>when</span> <span m='90100'>the</span> <span m='90170'>gentleman</span> <span m='90530'>who</span> <span m='90690'>owned</span> <span m='90890'>this</span> <span m='91070'>business</span> <span m='91540'>was</span> <span m='91670'>selling</span> <span m='92050'>the</span> <span m='92140'>business,</span> <span m='93700'>I</span> <span m='94140'>had</span> <span m='94400'>become</span> <span m='94710'>friends</span> <span m='95010'>with</span> <span m='95140'>him</span> <span m='95240'>over</span> <span m='95450'>the</span> <span m='95560'>years.</span> <span m='95990'>So</span> <span m='96230'>when</span> <span m='96350'>he was</span> <span m='96510'>selling</span> <span m='96820'>the</span> <span m='96900'>business,</span> <span m='97450'>my</span> <span m='97550'>wife</span> <span m='97840'>and</span> <span m='97930'>I</span> <span m='98000'>decided</span> <span m='98400'>to</span> <span m='98460'>buy</span> <span m='98770'>it.</span> <span m='99150'>So</span> <span m='99390'>really,</span> <span m='99720'>it</span> <span m='99820'>was</span> <span m='99970'>just</span> <span m='100220'>a</span> <span m='100250'>great</span> <span m='100510'>opportunity</span> <span m='101700'>that</span> <span m='101890'>suited</span> <span m='102170'>up</span> <span m='102240'>my</span> <span m='102390'>background.</span> <span m='103140'>So</span> <span m='104200'>sometimes</span> <span m='104730'>you</span> <span m='104850'>just</span> <span m='105050'>have</span> <span m='105210'>to</span> <span m='105310'>keep</span> <span m='105510'>an</span> <span m='105630'>eye</span> <span m='105690'>out</span> <span m='105840'>for</span> <span m='105990'>those</span> <span m='106170'>opportunities</span> <span m='106840'>and</span> <span m='106960'>be</span> <span m='107100'>ready</span> <span m='107350'>when</span> <span m='107490'>they</span> <span m='107590'>happen.</span> </p><p><span m='108140'>And</span> <span m='108250'>luckily,</span> <span m='108600'>it</span> <span m='108690'>worked</span> <span m='108930'>out</span> <span m='109080'>for</span> <span m='109290'>us.</span> <span m='109710'>So</span> <span m='110060'>it</span> <span m='110250'>worked</span> <span m='110550'>out</span> <span m='110650'>really</span> <span m='110830'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='111760'>Is</span> <span m='111930'>it</span> <span m='112030'>hard</span> <span m='112270'>to</span> <span m='112310'>get</span> <span m='112460'>a</span> <span m='112520'>job</span> <span m='112780'>in</span> <span m='112840'>this</span> <span m='113040'>field?</span> <span m='114000'>Actually,</span> <span m='114620'>it's</span> <span m='115280'>not</span> <span m='115530'>that</span> <span m='115710'>hard.</span> <span m='116130'>It</span> <span m='116250'>does</span> <span m='116510'>require</span> <span m='117030'>some</span> <span m='117370'>skills,</span> <span m='117830'>though.</span> <span m='118420'>But</span> <span m='118790'>there's</span> <span m='118950'>always</span> <span m='119230'>an</span> <span m='119320'>opportunity</span> <span m='119850'>to</span> <span m='119950'>learn</span> <span m='120260'>it.</span> <span m='120510'>There's</span> <span m='120700'>just</span> <span m='120940'>not</span> <span m='121120'>enough</span> <span m='121320'>help</span> <span m='121610'>in</span> <span m='121740'>picture</span> <span m='122050'>framing</span> <span m='122370'>shops</span> <span m='122790'>in</span> <span m='122870'>my</span> <span m='123050'>opinion,</span> <span m='123870'>and</span> <span m='124140'>people</span> <span m='124480'>who</span> <span m='124870'>are</span> <span m='125610'>good</span> <span m='125870'>at.</span> <span m='126230'>So</span> <span m='126330'>I</span> <span m='126420'>think</span> <span m='126660'>if</span> <span m='126760'>you're</span> <span m='126870'>willing</span> <span m='127160'>to</span> <span m='127270'>learn,</span> <span m='127860'>and</span> <span m='128160'>you're</span> <span m='128259'>willing</span> <span m='128520'>to</span> <span m='128580'>go</span> <span m='128740'>work</span> <span m='129090'>and</span> <span m='129199'>maybe</span> <span m='129430'>not</span> <span m='129610'>make</span> <span m='129789'>a</span> <span m='129850'>lot</span> <span m='130030'>of</span> <span m='130080'>money</span> <span m='130289'>in</span> <span m='130360'>the</span> <span m='130419'>beginning,</span> <span m='131830'>it's</span> <span m='132090'>pretty</span> <span m='132290'>satisfying</span> <span m='132810'>career.</span> <span m='133160'>And if it</span> <span m='133310'>suits</span> <span m='134000'>you,</span> <span m='134610'>it</span> <span m='135790'>can</span> <span m='135940'>really</span> <span m='136160'>be</span> <span m='136290'>satisfying.</span> <span m='137110'>So</span> <span m='137410'>my</span> <span m='137540'>work-life</span> <span m='138090'>balance</span> <span m='139630'>has</span> <span m='139900'>been</span> <span m='140140'>sort</span> <span m='140450'>of</span> <span m='140520'>hectic.</span> </p><p><span m='142150'>Like</span> <span m='142430'>I</span> <span m='142460'>said,</span> <span m='142700'>we</span> <span m='142860'>bought</span> <span m='143090'>this</span> <span m='143290'>business.</span> <span m='144280'>So</span> <span m='144470'>there</span> <span m='144600'>was</span> <span m='144750'>a</span> <span m='144790'>learning</span> <span m='145100'>curve</span> <span m='145570'>in</span> <span m='146020'>getting</span> <span m='146240'>the</span> <span m='146320'>business</span> <span m='146710'>established.</span> <span m='147060'>So</span> <span m='147530'>that</span> <span m='147600'>can</span> <span m='147800'>really</span> <span m='148090'>take</span> <span m='148320'>it</span> <span m='148410'>out</span> <span m='148590'>of</span> <span m='148700'>you</span> <span m='148840'>and</span> <span m='148950'>takes</span> <span m='149180'>a</span> <span m='149260'>toll</span> <span m='149540'>on</span> <span m='149630'>your</span> <span m='149730'>personal</span> <span m='150100'>life</span> <span m='150500'>and</span> <span m='151130'>your</span> <span m='151270'>free</span> <span m='151520'>time.</span> <span m='152450'>It</span> <span m='152480'>really</span> <span m='152950'>requires</span> <span m='153540'>a</span> <span m='153980'>real</span> <span m='154230'>investment.</span> </p><p><span m='155355'>When</span> <span m='155820'>we</span> <span m='156250'>bought</span> <span m='156480'>the</span> <span m='156560'>business,</span> <span m='156880'>we</span> <span m='156970'>wanted</span> <span m='157180'>it to</span> <span m='157250'>be</span> <span m='157360'>successful,</span> <span m='157940'>so</span> <span m='158270'>I</span> <span m='158390'>was</span> <span m='158560'>willing</span> <span m='158860'>to</span> <span m='159070'>really</span> <span m='159290'>spend</span> <span m='159510'>long</span> <span m='159770'>hours</span> <span m='160100'>here.</span> <span m='161240'>And</span> <span m='161420'>really,</span> <span m='162120'>create</span> <span m='163130'>the</span> <span m='163270'>business</span> <span m='163690'>that</span> <span m='163780'>I</span> <span m='163870'>think</span> <span m='164140'>represented</span> <span m='164660'>what</span> <span m='164830'>we</span> <span m='164950'>were</span> <span m='165060'>trying</span> <span m='165340'>to</span> <span m='165420'>do.</span> <span m='168270'>But it</span> <span m='168450'>can be</span> <span m='168570'>pretty</span> <span m='168780'>hard.</span> <span m='169070'>It's</span> <span m='169230'>just</span> <span m='169450'>now,</span> <span m='169690'>after</span> <span m='170040'>five</span> <span m='170320'>years</span> <span m='170590'>now,</span> <span m='171050'>just</span> <span m='171290'>starting</span> <span m='171580'>to</span> <span m='171620'>get</span> <span m='171870'>where</span> <span m='172030'>I</span> <span m='172070'>feel</span> <span m='172280'>like</span> <span m='172490'>I</span> <span m='172540'>have</span> <span m='172710'>some</span> <span m='172900'>free</span> <span m='173100'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='173520'>We</span> <span m='173600'>have</span> <span m='173740'>a</span> <span m='173780'>little</span> <span m='173960'>baby</span> <span m='174310'>at</span> <span m='174370'>home,</span> <span m='175200'>so</span> <span m='176680'>it's</span> <span m='176990'>now</span> <span m='177220'>starting</span> <span m='177510'>to</span> <span m='177560'>balance</span> <span m='177950'>out</span> <span m='178140'>somewhat,</span> <span m='178390'>and</span> <span m='178640'>I'm</span> <span m='178810'>starting</span> <span m='179200'>to</span> <span m='179350'>have</span> <span m='179610'>some</span> <span m='179780'>free</span> <span m='179970'>time.</span> <span m='180350'>But</span> <span m='180990'>definitely,</span> <span m='181530'>owning</span> <span m='181780'>your own</span> <span m='182010'>business</span> <span m='183760'>takes</span> <span m='184020'>a</span> <span m='184090'>toll</span> <span m='184400'>on</span> <span m='184530'>your</span> <span m='184640'>personal</span> <span m='185040'>life.</span> 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