Creative Careers: Paths for Aspiring Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers


Offering a wealth of creative career paths, accurate income information, job descriptions, and relevant college courses to take, this guide shows that creative people aren't doomed to be "starving artists" and that there are numerous ways to make a living in creative fields. More than 75 creative professions are featured from across the arts spectrum, with practical advice from working professionals about the advantages and disadvantages of their chosen creative careers. Whether one wishes to pursue the ...

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Offering a wealth of creative career paths, accurate income information, job descriptions, and relevant college courses to take, this guide shows that creative people aren't doomed to be "starving artists" and that there are numerous ways to make a living in creative fields. More than 75 creative professions are featured from across the arts spectrum, with practical advice from working professionals about the advantages and disadvantages of their chosen creative careers. Whether one wishes to pursue the traditional path of professional performer or writer and find a related part-time arts career or wants to investigate full-time employment in creative fields, this guide shows that real world jobs can offer creative fulfillment.

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What People Are Saying

Elisa Seeherman
A unique resource for artists in all disciplines, as it provides valuable insight into creative careers via real-life professional profiles. (Elisa Seeherman, director, career services, The University of the Arts)
Scott Hoffman
Chock full of real-world advice from people who have been there and done that ... it's the quintessential remedy for those stuck in jobs that pay the bills but make it a chore to get out of bed every Monday morning. (Scott Hoffman, managing member, Folio Literary Management, LLC)
Sue Hinkin
An outstanding resource for up-and-coming young artists ... thoroughly debunks the old stereotype of the starving artist ... a "must-have" for any library, career resource center, or prospective art student. (Sue Hinkin, dean, career services, Savannah College of Art and Design)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932662344
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 987,257
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaina Loveland is a journalist, a magazine editor, an adjunct professor, a former dance teacher, and the author of Creative Colleges. She has also contributed to Adjunct Advocate, American Careers, Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education, International Educator, Pointe, and U.S. News and World Report. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     v
How to Use this Book     vi
Introduction     xiii
Careers for Actors     15
Actor     16
Profile: Actor     17
Camera Operator     20
Profile: Cinematographer     21
Costume Designer     25
Profile: Costume Designer     26
Director     28
Profile: Director     29
Profile: Documentary Filmmaker     31
Lighting Designer     34
Profile: Lighting Designer     35
Producer (Film)     37
Profile: Associate Producer     38
Profile: Senior Writer/Producer     40
Profile: Supervising Producer     43
Set Designer/Scenic Artist     45
Profile: Set Decorator     46
Profile: Scenic Artist     49
Voice-Over Artists     53
Profile: Voice-Over Performer     54
Drama Education
Drama Teacher (K-12)     57
Profile: Drama Teacher     58
Drama Professor (Postsecondary)     60
Profile: Drama Professor     61
Careers for Artists     65
Animator     66
Profile:Animator (Entry-Level)     67
Profile: Animator     70
Profile: Creative Manager for Universal Studios     73
Profile: Digital Filmmaker     75
Profile: Video Game Animator     78
Architect     80
Profile: Architect     81
Landscape Architect     83
Profile: Landscape Architect     84
Art Gallery Director     87
Profile: Art Gallery Director     88
Art Therapist     90
Profile: Art Therapist     91
Artist     93
Profile: Artist     94
Illustrator     97
Profile: Illustrator     98
Profile: Magazine Illustrator     100
Photographer     102
Profile: Assistant Fashion Photographer     103
Art Education
Art Teacher (K-12)     105
Profile: Art Teacher     106
Art Professor (Postsecondary)     108
Profile: Art Professor     109
Art Director (Advertising and Publishing)     112
Profile: Art Director - Magazine     113
Profile: Art Director - Film & Television     115
Commercial & Industrial Designer     118
Profile: Industrial Design - Furniture Designer     119
Profile: Industrial Design - Toy Designer     121
Profile: Industrial Designer/Firm Owner     123
Floral Designer/Florist     125
Profile: Floral Designer     126
Graphic Designer/Graphic Artist     128
Profile: Graphic Designer - Non-profit Organization     129
Profile: Graphic Designer - Television News     131
Profile: Graphic Design - Television     134
Profile: Senior Graphic Designer - Fashion Industry     137
Interior Designer     139
Profile: Interior Designer     140
Web Designer and Web User Experience Designer     142
Profile: Web Designer/Director     143
Profile: User Experience Designer     145
Fashion Designer     148
Profile: Fashion Designer     149
Profile: Fashion Merchandiser     151
Profile: Fashion Merchandising Manager     153
Profile: Fashion Executive     156
Fashion Editor/Stylist     158
Profile: Fashion Editor/Stylist     159
Jeweler     161
Profile: Jewelry Designer     162
Conservator     164
Profile: Conservator     165
Museum Curator/Museum Director     168
Profile: Museum Curator     169
Profile: Museum Preparator     171
Museum Educator     173
Profile: Museum Educator     174
Careers for Dancers     177
Choreographer     178
Profile: Choreographer     179
Dancer     182
Profile: Dancer     183
Dance Therapist     186
Profile: Dance Therapist     187
Pilates Instructor     189
Profile: Pilates Instructor     190
Physical Therapist for Dancers     193
Profile: Physical Therapist for Dancers     194
Dance Education
Dance Teacher (K-12)     197
Profile: Dance Teacher     199
Profile: Dance Teacher/Dance Studio Owner     202
Dance Professor (Postsecondary)     204
Profile: Dance Professor     205
Careers for Musicians     207
Arranger     208
Profile: Arranger     209
Composer     212
Profile: Composer - TV/Film     213
Conductor/Music Director     216
Profile: Conductor     111
Music Therapist     222
Profile: Music Therapist     223
Musician     226
Profile: Musician     227
Music Executive     231
Profile: Music Executive     232
Recording/Audio Engineer     235
Profile: Audio Engineering - Management     236
Profile: Sound Designer/Film Editor     239
Singer     241
Profile: Singer/Songwriter     242
Profile: Opera Singer     244
Talent Agent     246
Music Education
Music Teacher (K-12)     249
Profile: Music Teacher     250
Music Professor (Postsecondary)     252
Profile: Music Professor     253
Careers for Writers     257
Author/Writer     258
Profile: Author     259
Profile: Playwright     262
Book Publicist     265
Profile: Book Publicist     266
Editor     269
Profile: Copy Editor     270
Profile: Magazine Editor     274
Profile: Supervising Editor, Digital Media     277
Grant Writer     279
Profile: Grant Writer     280
Literary Agent      283
Profile: Literary Agent     284
Public Relations Specialist     287
Profile: Public Relations Executive     288
Reporter     291
Profile: Reporter     292
Screenwriter     295
Profile: Screenwriter     296
Speechwriter     300
Profile: Speechwriter     301
Technical Writer     304
Profile: Technical Writer     305
English/Journalism Education
Creative Writing Professor     307
Profile: Creative Writing Professor     308
English/Journalism Teacher (K-12)     310
Profile: English Teacher     311
Profile: High School Journalism Teacher/Advisor     313
English Professor     316
Profile: English Professor     317
Journalism Professor     320
Profile: Journalism Professor     321
Careers in Arts Administration     323
Development     324
Profile: Development Director     325
Education and Outreach     328
Profile: Education and Outreach Officer     329
Profile: Program Manager     331
General Administration     334
Profile: Artistic Administrator - Theater Company     335
Profile: Executive Director     337
Marketing and Sales     340
Profile: Director of Business Affairs     341
Additional Resources     343
Index     347
About the Author     352
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