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PAINTER & ARTIST: Not Just An Etsy Store

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Mernie is an independent painter and owns her own business selling her art work. Mernie makes all types of painting, but she explains how a lot of her craft ties closely with knowing how to run a business as an entrepreneur as well.

School: University of Nevada
Degree: Art
Job Title: Artist & Painter
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Artists and Related Workers, All Other

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
-2 to 3 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Irregular, Part-time, Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Indoor, Office, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Hand-eye coordination, Artistic, Creativity, Likes working with hands, Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills
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m='11700'>in</span> <span m='11810'>Benicia</span> <span m='12260'>for</span> <span m='12460'>27</span> <span m='13150'>years</span> <span m='14250'>in</span> <span m='14380'>the</span> <span m='14460'>downtown.</span> <span m='15240'>I've</span> <span m='15660'>got</span> <span m='15860'>this</span> <span m='16140'>funky</span> <span m='16550'>old</span> <span m='16770'>building</span> <span m='17560'>with</span> <span m='17760'>cheap</span> <span m='18050'>rent,</span> <span m='18450'>I</span> <span m='18540'>can</span> <span m='18730'>live</span> <span m='19010'>there,</span> <span m='19400'>have</span> <span m='19540'>a</span> <span m='19580'>big</span> <span m='19800'>garden,</span> <span m='20420'>and</span> <span m='20940'>use</span> <span m='21190'>it</span> <span m='21280'>as</span> <span m='21350'>a</span> <span m='21450'>studio</span> <span m='22100'>and</span> <span m='22310'>a</span> <span m='22390'>gallery</span> <span m='23250'>if</span> <span m='23450'>I</span> <span m='23510'>clean</span> <span m='23850'>it</span> <span m='23960'>up.</span> </p><p><span m='24670'>Being</span> <span m='24940'>an</span> <span m='25070'>entrepreneur</span> <span m='25650'>with</span> <span m='25790'>a</span> <span m='25860'>sales</span> <span m='26380'>job</span> <span m='27190'>like</span> <span m='27480'>this,</span> <span m='27890'>you've</span> <span m='28060'>got</span> <span m='28250'>to</span> <span m='28340'>make</span> <span m='28620'>all</span> <span m='28840'>of</span> <span m='28950'>your</span> <span m='29150'>own</span> <span m='29310'>product,</span> <span m='29890'>do</span> <span m='30050'>all</span> <span m='30260'>of</span> <span m='30340'>your</span> <span m='30520'>own</span> <span m='30970'>work,</span> <span m='31590'>and</span> <span m='31790'>then</span> <span m='32100'>spend</span> <span m='32439'>about</span> <span m='32870'>40</span> <span m='33150'>hours</span> <span m='33450'>a</span> <span m='33500'>week,</span> <span m='34030'>at</span> <span m='34180'>least,</span> <span m='34810'>which</span> <span m='35080'>is</span> <span m='35580'>like</span> <span m='35740'>a</span> <span m='35820'>regular</span> <span m='36270'>job,</span> <span m='37160'>doing</span> <span m='37450'>the</span> <span m='37560'>promo</span> <span m='38060'>and</span> <span m='38170'>sales</span> <span m='38670'>and</span> <span m='38800'>running</span> <span m='39110'>the</span> <span m='39190'>business</span> <span m='40080'>of</span> <span m='41140'>being,</span> <span m='42035'>you know,</span> <span m='42510'>an</span> <span m='42640'>artist,</span> <span m='43080'>illustrator,</span> <span m='43740'>and</span> <span m='43840'>designer.</span> <span m='45830'>So</span> <span m='46300'>day</span> <span m='46400'>to</span> <span m='46620'>day,</span> <span m='47120'>I'll</span> <span m='47970'>get</span> <span m='48170'>up,</span> <span m='48420'>and</span> <span m='50440'>go</span> <span m='50590'>for</span> <span m='50750'>a</span> <span m='50810'>walk</span> <span m='51130'>along</span> <span m='51400'>the</span> <span m='51490'>waterfront</span> <span m='52080'>with</span> <span m='52260'>my</span> <span m='52410'>dog,</span> <span m='53380'>and</span> <span m='53660'>check</span> <span m='53950'>Facebook</span> <span m='54800'>and</span> <span m='54890'>my</span> <span m='55020'>email,</span> <span m='55850'>and</span> <span m='55920'>have</span> <span m='56090'>some</span> <span m='56280'>coffee</span> <span m='56830'>out</span> <span m='56980'>in</span> <span m='57040'>the</span> <span m='57120'>garden.</span> <span m='58080'>And</span> <span m='58270'>figure</span> <span m='58660'>out,</span> <span m='59050'>you know,</span> <span m='59380'>what's</span> <span m='59710'>the</span> <span m='59840'>next</span> <span m='60180'>thing</span> <span m='60330'>to</span> <span m='60440'>do.</span> <span m='60760'>Sometimes</span> <span m='61270'>is</span> <span m='61410'>setting</span> <span m='61780'>up</span> <span m='61910'>a</span> <span m='61960'>show</span> <span m='62280'>like</span> <span m='62590'>this</span> <span m='62875'>and</span> <span m='64000'>during</span> <span m='64190'>the</span> <span m='64260'>follow</span> <span m='64620'>up.</span> <span m='65200'>I'll</span> <span m='65370'>definitely</span> <span m='65910'>get</span> <span m='66090'>in</span> <span m='66170'>my</span> <span m='66310'>studio</span> <span m='66970'>for</span> <span m='67130'>quite</span> <span m='67390'>a</span> <span m='67430'>few</span> <span m='67770'>hours</span> <span m='69030'>unless</span> <span m='69340'>I</span> <span m='69400'>have</span> <span m='69510'>to</span> <span m='69580'>get</span> <span m='69770'>up</span> <span m='69900'>and</span> <span m='70040'>set</span> <span m='70310'>something</span> <span m='70620'>like</span> <span m='70860'>this</span> <span m='71130'>up</span> <span m='71420'>and</span> <span m='71620'>show</span> <span m='71910'>up</span> <span m='72150'>and</span> <span m='73630'>actually</span> <span m='74020'>sell</span> <span m='74290'>the</span> <span m='74430'>artwork.</span> <span m='76040'>I</span> <span m='76730'>follow</span> <span m='77060'>up</span> <span m='77270'>with</span> <span m='77450'>customers</span> <span m='78150'>who</span> <span m='78330'>maybe</span> <span m='78600'>want</span> <span m='78780'>a</span> <span m='78820'>mural,</span> <span m='79860'>and</span> <span m='80270'>I'll</span> <span m='80790'>arrange</span> <span m='81350'>to</span> <span m='81440'>go</span> <span m='81660'>and</span> <span m='81780'>see</span> <span m='81920'>their</span> <span m='82080'>homes</span> <span m='82560'>and</span> <span m='82670'>measure</span> <span m='82920'>the</span> <span m='83050'>space</span> <span m='83490'>and</span> <span m='83600'>do</span> <span m='83870'>an</span> <span m='84000'>estimate.</span> <span m='85550'>Let's</span> <span m='85770'>see,</span> <span m='86450'>I</span> <span m='86540'>guess</span> <span m='86750'>in</span> <span m='86840'>the</span> <span m='86920'>next</span> <span m='87120'>few</span> <span m='87230'>days</span> <span m='87480'>I'm</span> <span m='87560'>going</span> <span m='87670'>to</span> <span m='87710'>be</span> <span m='87800'>having</span> <span m='88110'>to</span> <span m='88190'>do</span> <span m='88320'>my</span> <span m='88490'>taxes.</span> <span m='89710'>So</span> <span m='90270'>it's</span> <span m='90730'>pretty</span> <span m='91030'>much</span> <span m='91290'>what</span> <span m='91430'>everybody</span> <span m='91900'>else</span> <span m='92250'>does,</span> <span m='92610'>only</span> <span m='92890'>I</span> <span m='92940'>get to</span> <span m='93160'>be</span> <span m='93290'>a</span> <span m='93330'>little</span> <span m='93480'>more</span> <span m='93670'>creative.</span> </p><p><span m='95060'>It</span> <span m='95150'>was</span> <span m='95320'>always</span> <span m='95520'>something</span> <span m='95740'>I</span> <span m='95860'>was</span> <span m='96040'>good</span> <span m='96260'>at</span> <span m='96420'>in</span> <span m='96550'>school.</span> <span m='97510'>English,</span> <span m='98010'>science,</span> <span m='98910'>and</span> <span m='100030'>artwork.</span> <span m='101280'>And</span> <span m='101960'>I</span> <span m='102130'>just</span> <span m='102510'>didn't</span> <span m='102790'>quite</span> <span m='103170'>have</span> <span m='104330'>the</span> <span m='104430'>desire</span> <span m='104930'>to</span> <span m='105010'>be</span> <span m='105190'>a</span> <span m='105250'>scientist.</span> <span m='106130'>And</span> <span m='106580'>I</span> <span m='106640'>guess</span> <span m='106980'>by</span> <span m='107120'>default,</span> <span m='107790'>art</span> <span m='108040'>was</span> <span m='108260'>what</span> <span m='108420'>I</span> <span m='108470'>was</span> <span m='108690'>really</span> <span m='108970'>good</span> <span m='109220'>at</span> <span m='109550'>and really</span> <span m='109830'>loved.</span> <span m='111340'>Unfortunately,</span> <span m='112240'>in</span> <span m='112380'>college</span> <span m='113030'>they</span> <span m='113170'>taught</span> <span m='113590'>me</span> <span m='113780'>just,</span> <span m='114115'>you</span> <span m='114450'>know,</span> <span m='114660'>how</span> <span m='114880'>to</span> <span m='115010'>do</span> <span m='115370'>art,</span> <span m='115700'>not</span> <span m='115970'>how</span> <span m='116310'>they</span> <span m='116600'>have</span> <span m='116880'>a</span> <span m='116920'>business</span> <span m='117400'>doing</span> <span m='117640'>it.</span> <span m='117750'>So</span> <span m='117860'>I've</span> <span m='118010'>made</span> <span m='118270'>a</span> <span m='118330'>lot</span> <span m='118610'>of</span> <span m='118690'>mistakes</span> <span m='119450'>over</span> <span m='119750'>a</span> <span m='119800'>lot</span> <span m='120050'>of</span> <span m='120160'>years.</span> <span m='121110'>I</span> <span m='121220'>think</span> <span m='121410'>what</span> <span m='121550'>would</span> <span m='121670'>be</span> <span m='121820'>really</span> <span m='122150'>important</span> <span m='123160'>is</span> <span m='123870'>to</span> <span m='125090'>have</span> <span m='125340'>small</span> <span m='125750'>business</span> <span m='126180'>classes</span> <span m='126780'>on</span> <span m='126870'>how</span> <span m='127060'>to</span> <span m='127150'>be</span> <span m='127380'>an</span> <span m='127480'>entrepreneur,</span> <span m='128070'>how</span> <span m='128250'>to</span> <span m='128350'>support</span> <span m='128870'>yourself</span> <span m='131340'>on</span> <span m='131550'>the</span> <span m='131630'>day</span> <span m='131840'>to</span> <span m='131960'>day</span> <span m='133600'>business</span> <span m='134570'>of</span> <span m='134670'>just</span> <span m='134980'>running</span> <span m='135350'>a</span> <span m='135390'>business,</span> <span m='136040'>as</span> <span m='136220'>a</span> <span m='136300'>one</span> <span m='136530'>person</span> <span m='136930'>operation.</span> <span m='138430'>And</span> <span m='139850'>being</span> <span m='140050'>a</span> <span m='140130'>small</span> <span m='140420'>business</span> <span m='140900'>owner</span> <span m='141360'>has</span> <span m='141550'>got</span> <span m='141690'>a</span> <span m='141750'>lot</span> <span m='142030'>of</span> <span m='142110'>freedom,</span> <span m='142650'>and</span> <span m='142940'>a</span> <span m='143070'>lot</span> <span m='143270'>of</span> <span m='143350'>responsibility.</span> <span m='144420'>And</span> <span m='144570'>I</span> <span m='144710'>really</span> <span m='144980'>think</span> <span m='145170'>schools</span> <span m='145580'>should</span> <span m='146380'>do</span> <span m='146580'>more</span> <span m='147360'>to</span> <span m='147530'>encourage</span> <span m='149192'>the--</span> <span m='149580'>just</span> <span m='149850'>the</span> <span m='150210'>amount</span> <span m='150510'>of</span> <span m='150580'>solid</span> <span m='151090'>work</span> <span m='151390'>and</span> <span m='151540'>details</span> <span m='152380'>that</span> <span m='152490'>you</span> <span m='152570'>have</span> <span m='152790'>to</span> <span m='152890'>pay</span> <span m='153130'>attention</span> <span m='153720'>to</span> <span m='154110'>to</span> <span m='154890'>make</span> <span m='155120'>it</span> <span m='155200'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='156070'>Maybe</span> <span m='156360'>if</span> <span m='156540'>I'd</span> <span m='156780'>known</span> <span m='158010'>how</span> <span m='158190'>hard</span> <span m='158590'>it</span> <span m='158680'>was</span> <span m='158910'>going</span> <span m='159210'>to</span> <span m='159290'>be,</span> <span m='159840'>I</span> <span m='159980'>would</span> <span m='160290'>have</span> <span m='160980'>gone</span> <span m='161360'>in,</span> <span m='161680'>you know,</span> <span m='162000'>to</span> <span m='162380'>the</span> <span m='162510'>Art</span> <span m='162660'>Institute</span> <span m='163120'>of</span> <span m='163210'>Chicago</span> <span m='164030'>and</span> <span m='164730'>got</span> <span m='164900'>myself</span> <span m='165340'>a</span> <span m='165410'>design</span> <span m='165900'>job</span> <span m='166360'>for</span> <span m='166520'>a</span> <span m='166580'>corporation.</span> <span m='169740'>No,</span> <span m='170280'>no.</span> <span m='172100'>I'm</span> <span m='172200'>really</span> <span m='172500'>glad</span> <span m='172790'>I</span> <span m='172840'>didn't</span> <span m='173100'>go</span> <span m='173270'>that</span> <span m='173510'>path.</span> <span m='174840'>Exploring</span> <span m='175440'>yourself--</span> <span m='176250'>every</span> <span m='176960'>mistake</span> <span m='178030'>is</span> <span m='179110'>a</span> <span m='179190'>new</span> <span m='179610'>leapfrog</span> <span m='180490'>into</span> <span m='180920'>a</span> <span m='180980'>solution</span> <span m='181400'>that</span> <span m='181820'>maybe</span> <span m='182080'>somebody</span> <span m='182460'>hasn't</span> <span m='182790'>thought</span> <span m='183090'>of</span> <span m='183280'>before.</span> <span m='185810'>Every</span> <span m='187290'>trial--</span> <span m='188020'>what</span> <span m='188360'>is</span> <span m='188510'>it,</span> <span m='188870'>the</span> <span m='189100'>mistake</span> <span m='189700'>isn't</span> <span m='190520'>making</span> <span m='190880'>a</span> <span m='190930'>mistake,</span> <span m='191910'>it's</span> <span m='192170'>not</span> <span m='192490'>trying.</span> <span m='193320'>You</span> <span m='193470'>have</span> <span m='193680'>to</span> <span m='193790'>fail</span> <span m='194310'>so</span> <span m='194610'>many</span> <span m='194920'>times</span> <span m='195440'>in</span> <span m='195550'>order</span> <span m='195890'>to</span> <span m='196010'>succeed.</span> <span m='197290'>And</span> <span m='197890'>so,</span> <span m='198400'>by</span> <span m='198560'>that</span> <span m='198960'>reasoning,</span> <span m='199530'>failure</span> <span m='200010'>is</span> <span m='200190'>success.</span> <span m='200750'>Because</span> <span m='201020'>it</span> <span m='201170'>means</span> <span m='201460'>you're</span> <span m='201610'>taking</span> <span m='201980'>a</span> <span m='202100'>risk,</span> <span m='202460'>you're</span> <span m='202600'>trying,</span> <span m='203500'>you've</span> <span m='203640'>got</span> <span m='203790'>a</span> <span m='203860'>creative</span> <span m='204380'>idea,</span> <span m='205030'>you</span> <span m='205120'>say</span> <span m='205380'>what</span> <span m='205680'>if.</span> </p><p><span m='206560'>What</span> <span m='207320'>it</span> <span m='207510'>took</span> <span m='207670'>me</span> <span m='207790'>a</span> <span m='207860'>long</span> <span m='208110'>time</span> <span m='208370'>to</span> <span m='208480'>learn</span> <span m='208820'>that</span> <span m='208950'>I</span> <span m='209020'>wish</span> <span m='209440'>I</span> <span m='209550'>would've</span> <span m='209860'>known</span> <span m='210100'>little</span> <span m='210390'>earlier,</span> <span m='211120'>is</span> <span m='211380'>every</span> <span m='211720'>great</span> <span m='212150'>harebrained</span> <span m='212820'>idea</span> <span m='213190'>that</span> <span m='213370'>you</span> <span m='213550'>get</span> <span m='214200'>that's</span> <span m='214600'>like,</span> <span m='215240'>wow,</span> <span m='215690'>people</span> <span m='216040'>want</span> <span m='216300'>this,</span> <span m='216750'>I</span> <span m='216900'>could</span> <span m='217240'>make</span> <span m='217480'>a</span> <span m='217570'>living</span> <span m='217980'>doing</span> <span m='218370'>this,</span> <span m='218810'>this is</span> <span m='218930'>a</span> <span m='218990'>great</span> <span m='219310'>idea,</span> <span m='220250'>figure</span> <span m='220660'>it's</span> <span m='220790'>going</span> <span m='220900'>to</span> <span m='220960'>be</span> <span m='221140'>$10,000</span> <span m='222370'>and</span> <span m='222420'>a</span> <span m='222480'>year</span> <span m='222810'>of</span> <span m='222920'>solid</span> <span m='223390'>work</span> <span m='223690'>to</span> <span m='223810'>take</span> <span m='224070'>it</span> <span m='224180'>to</span> <span m='224260'>market.</span> <span m='224720'>Figure</span> <span m='225030'>out</span> <span m='225200'>who</span> <span m='225360'>the</span> <span m='225500'>people</span> <span m='226030'>is</span> <span m='226310'>you</span> <span m='226460'>want</span> <span m='226680'>to</span> <span m='226820'>reach,</span> <span m='227400'>how</span> <span m='227580'>you</span> <span m='227750'>can</span> <span m='227920'>make</span> <span m='228210'>it, how</span> <span m='228520'>you</span> <span m='228690'>can</span> <span m='229060'>get</span> <span m='229230'>it</span> <span m='229340'>in</span> <span m='229460'>front</span> <span m='229700'>of</span> <span m='229820'>them</span> <span m='229980'>and</span> <span m='230090'>sell</span> <span m='230370'>it</span> <span m='230490'>to</span> <span m='230660'>them.</span> <span m='231750'>No,</span> <span m='231970'>it's</span> <span m='232250'>not</span> <span m='232490'>just an</span> <span m='232760'>Etsy</span> <span m='233150'>store,</span> <span m='233610'>it's</span> <span m='234090'>a</span> <span m='234180'>lot.</span> </p>","file":{"id":585725,"video_id":"","name":"2966-Mernnie - Painter.mp4","duration":236263,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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