A list of other jobs artists do to support their careers as artists.

Connie Anthes

Culture wars are ugly things. Primarily because they pit members of society against each other in very personal ways, largely relying on a steady stream of misinformation. In response, I have started making lists.

This first list* is a form of protest against the widely held conservative view that All Artists Are Bludgers, and represents my attempt to start over with an objective, respectful, fact-based discussion of the value of The Arts and our artist-workers in Australian cultural life.

I’m not sure what list should come next, but I am open to suggestions and willing to continue to expand this one. Email connie[at]runway.org.au.


List #1
Academic Dean
Alcohol & Drugs Support Worker
Animation Teacher
Apple Store Clerk
Archivist
Artist Assistant
Art Educator, People with Disability
Art Teacher
Assembly Line Packer
Assistant Curator Regional Arts
Audio-Visual Installer
Babysitter
Baggage Attendant
Baker
Barista
Bilingual Interviewer
Book Salesperson
Boxing Instructor
Call Centre Worker
Caravan Park Manager
Casual University Lecturer
Caterer
Children’s Workshop Facilitator
Cleaner
Clown
Community Development Officer
Computer Tutor
Consultant
Cook
Copywriter
Counsellor
Courier
Cultural Liaison Officer
Curriculum Writer
Data Entry Clerk
Department Store Clerk
Despatch Supervisor
Direct Mail Staff
Disability Arts Worker
Dish Pig
DJ
Dog Trainer
Driver
Educator
Electronic Engineer
Environmental Campaigner
Event Manager
Executive Producer Festivals
Exhibition Installer
Fabricator
Farm Hand
Federal Government Scientist
Food Market Salesperson
Freelance Editor
Freelance Journalist
Furniture Salesperson
Gallery Administrator
Gallery Attendant
Gallery Manager
Gardener
Graphic Designer
High School Tutor
Hotel Housekeeper
House Painter
Ice Cream Shop Assistant
Journalist
Juvenile Justice Court Support Worker
Juvenile Justice/Prison Educator
Kitchen Hand
Laboratory Technician
Language Tutor
Librarian
Library Clerk
Local Council Administrator
Lollypop Lady
MC
Market Researcher
Marketing Manager
Massage Therapist
Medico-legal Consultant
Milliner
Mobile App Developer
Perfume Maker
Permaculture Consultant
Pharmacist
Phone Salesperson
Photo Editor
Photojournalist
Photographers Assistant
Picture Framer
Pizza Delivery Person
Policy Maker
Policy Writer, Drug & Alcohol
Political Campaigner
Porter
Production Manager
Project Manager
Prop Maker
Public Speaker
Racing Judge
Radio Presenter
Radio Producer
Regional Arts Development Officer
Reiki Therapist
Research Assistant
Retail Staff
Rock Climbing Instructor
Sandwich Hand
Security Guard
Senior Carer
Shoe Salesperson
Shopkeeper
Signwriter
Singer
Small Business Owner
Specimen Receptionist
Staging Manager
Stay-at-home Dad
TAFE Lecturer
Teacher
Teaching Assistant
Telesales
Tertiary Course Coordinator
Textile Designer
Therapist
Toolshop Salesperson
Training Manager
Upholsterer
Usher
Vacuum Cleaner Sales
Video Editor
Video Store Clerk
Videographer
Website Designer
Wedding Musician
Window Repairer
Wine Sales Clerk

* This is an alphabetical list of 138 waged jobs my immediate peer network of artists/arts workers undertake to allow them to continue pursuing their career as artists. This does not include volunteer work or volunteer positions currently held, which represent a significant portion of many of these people’s work and their requisite contribution to local communities. These responses are compiled from 64 individuals who responded to a simple Facebook request for information.

 

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