1. Art Museum Guard: The people you see in art museums standing around in uniforms protecting the art. In reality they’re really called Security Officers. If you can do that for an art museum that is a home run right there. Lots of artists started out doing just that before they got recognized. Steve Defrank, a drawing professor I had when I was a student at School of Visual Arts, was a guard at the Whitney Museum for a while. Being an artist in that job can be a huge advantage.
2. Gallery Receptionist: not only do you get to be around art but also you get to interact with lots of top art world officials and collectors, especially if you work for a well-known gallery. You may meet the people who will make your art career take off. And who knows, maybe the gallery will be the first one to represents you someday. Plus, you’ll also learn about galleries in general, giving you the skills and knowledge to maybe open up one of your own.
3. Art Handler: for artists who already have this job you get to experience art in a way that not many people get to. I have had the opportunity to chat with some art handlers and they say it can be an amazing experience just to have a Picasso painting in your hands. The more you physically interact with art by the old masters the more you may one day be painting like them.
4. Graphic Designer: A very popular one. A job that involves using your artistic talent. You’re constantly learning on the job, getting ideas on how to improve your work. You learn about color theory, page layouts and composition. It all can play a huge role in your work.