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LETTERING ARTIST, IN-DEPTH: Always Lettering For Work & For Fun

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Annica is a Lettering Artist. Annica goes into detail about what she loves about her job and what she doesn't. She also talks about some of the key career decisions she made, the difficulty of getting a job in her industry and her work-life balance.

School: Skidmore ; Cooper Union
Degree: Studio Arts
Job Title: Lettering Artist
Employer: dirtybandits.com

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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Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
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-2 to 3 percent
Typical schedule
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Flexible, Irregular, Part-time, Full-time
Typical workplace
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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='10460'>redraw</span> <span m='10840'>things.</span> <span m='12280'>So</span> <span m='12450'>I</span> <span m='12580'>like</span> <span m='13570'>being</span> <span m='13780'>both</span> <span m='14040'>digital</span> <span m='14480'>and</span> <span m='14640'>analog.</span> <span m='18680'>I</span> <span m='18840'>don't</span> <span m='19030'>think</span> <span m='19180'>there's really</span> <span m='19550'>anything</span> <span m='19880'>that</span> <span m='20000'>I</span> <span m='20050'>don't</span> <span m='20220'>like</span> <span m='20410'>about</span> <span m='20620'>my</span> <span m='20720'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='22200'>The</span> <span m='22340'>biggest</span> <span m='22650'>decision</span> <span m='22925'>that</span> <span m='23200'>I</span> <span m='23270'>made</span> <span m='23850'>in</span> <span m='24590'>my</span> <span m='24740'>career</span> <span m='25200'>to</span> <span m='25470'>get</span> <span m='25690'>me</span> <span m='25820'>to</span> <span m='25920'>the</span> <span m='26020'>point</span> <span m='26220'>where</span> <span m='26340'>I</span> <span m='26440'>was</span> <span m='26580'>just</span> <span m='26800'>a</span> <span m='26860'>lettering</span> <span m='27240'>artist</span> <span m='27650'>was</span> <span m='28030'>to</span> <span m='30150'>get</span> <span m='30330'>rid</span> <span m='30500'>of</span> <span m='30600'>all</span> <span m='30800'>of</span> <span m='30910'>my</span> <span m='31070'>web</span> <span m='31330'>clients,</span> <span m='31790'>which</span> <span m='31990'>was</span> <span m='32159'>essentially</span> <span m='32860'>all</span> <span m='33080'>of</span> <span m='33230'>my</span> <span m='33400'>paying</span> <span m='33760'>work.</span> <span m='34830'>I</span> <span m='35020'>kept</span> <span m='35340'>only</span> <span m='35740'>one</span> <span m='35940'>or</span> <span m='36030'>two</span> <span m='36230'>clients,</span> <span m='37930'>enough</span> <span m='38210'>to</span> <span m='38320'>get</span> <span m='38500'>by,</span> <span m='38870'>and</span> <span m='39040'>I</span> <span m='39120'>shifted</span> <span m='39590'>entirely</span> <span m='40270'>into</span> <span m='40470'>doing</span> <span m='40780'>personal</span> <span m='41270'>work</span> <span m='41610'>in</span> <span m='41770'>order</span> <span m='42040'>to</span> <span m='42180'>get</span> <span m='43030'>the</span> <span m='43140'>kind</span> <span m='43470'>of</span> <span m='43700'>commissions</span> <span m='44230'>and</span> <span m='44310'>the</span> <span m='44390'>kind</span> <span m='44580'>of</span> <span m='44660'>jobs</span> <span m='45290'>where</span> <span m='45730'>I</span> <span m='45840'>was</span> <span m='46310'>doing</span> <span m='47210'>my</span> <span m='47440'>own</span> <span m='47640'>style.</span> </p><p><span m='50040'>In</span> <span m='50180'>order</span> <span m='50810'>to</span> <span m='51260'>get</span> <span m='51430'>a</span> <span m='51500'>job</span> <span m='51870'>as</span> <span m='52000'>a</span> <span m='52380'>lettering</span> <span m='52930'>artist,</span> <span m='53430'>it's</span> <span m='55380'>really</span> <span m='55560'>something</span> <span m='55890'>that</span> <span m='56020'>you</span> <span m='56140'>would</span> <span m='56280'>probably</span> <span m='56710'>tend</span> <span m='56930'>to</span> <span m='57010'>do</span> <span m='57190'>freelance</span> <span m='57800'>and</span> <span m='57950'>not</span> <span m='58170'>necessarily</span> <span m='59420'>on</span> <span m='59690'>staff</span> <span m='60020'>somewhere.</span> <span m='61970'>There</span> <span m='62300'>are</span> <span m='62430'>definitely</span> <span m='62920'>still</span> <span m='63180'>sign</span> <span m='63500'>jobs</span> <span m='63880'>that</span> <span m='64040'>hire</span> <span m='64370'>people</span> <span m='64790'>as</span> <span m='64910'>sign</span> <span m='65129'>painters,</span> <span m='65590'>but</span> <span m='65930'>they</span> <span m='66190'>are</span> <span m='67000'>few</span> <span m='67370'>and</span> <span m='67520'>far</span> <span m='67770'>between.</span> </p><p><span m='69920'>So</span> <span m='70300'>most</span> <span m='70670'>of</span> <span m='70710'>my</span> <span m='70820'>clients</span> <span m='71360'>now</span> <span m='71620'>come</span> <span m='71830'>from</span> <span m='72030'>word</span> <span m='72220'>of</span> <span m='72330'>mouth.</span> <span m='73910'>Getting</span> <span m='75130'>my</span> <span m='75310'>work</span> <span m='75590'>out</span> <span m='75750'>there,</span> <span m='75910'>getting</span> <span m='76140'>my</span> <span m='76280'>work</span> <span m='76550'>seen,</span> <span m='78930'>has</span> <span m='79190'>really</span> <span m='79830'>made</span> <span m='80120'>the</span> <span m='80200'>clients</span> <span m='80700'>more</span> <span m='80990'>come</span> <span m='81300'>to</span> <span m='81430'>me</span> <span m='81730'>than</span> <span m='81890'>me</span> <span m='82090'>go to</span> <span m='82330'>them.</span> <span m='83470'>My</span> <span m='83600'>work</span> <span m='84130'>life</span> <span m='84490'>balance,</span> <span m='85300'>I</span> <span m='85430'>mean</span> <span m='86070'>love</span> <span m='86350'>what</span> <span m='86510'>I</span> <span m='86590'>do,</span> <span m='87040'>and</span> <span m='87230'>when</span> <span m='87400'>I'm</span> <span m='87570'>not</span> <span m='88770'>doing</span> <span m='89110'>lettering</span> <span m='89530'>for</span> <span m='89720'>money,</span> <span m='90050'>I'm</span> <span m='90210'>often</span> <span m='90630'>doing</span> <span m='90910'>lettering</span> <span m='91410'>for</span> <span m='91610'>fun.</span> <span m='92140'>So</span> <span m='94110'>it's</span> <span m='94280'>a</span> <span m='94340'>blurry</span> <span m='94730'>line.</span> 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