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STAND-UP COMIC: Go To Open-Mic Nights, Try Out Your Material

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Cheryl is a stand-up comic. She shares what a day is like for her, how she got into the comic business, and what careers she was in before. Plus, she provides advice to those wanting to get into the business.

Degree: Mathematics and Computer Science
Job Title: Stand-Up Comic

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
National Statistic Change Location
$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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