A professional artist...
In this career, a person gets commissioned to paint or draw for a client. It is pretty hard, and the pay isn’t great, but it’s a pretty good job.
This section is pretty basic, in which you only need to be able to draw well enough that somebody would commission you. Another skill needed is patience.
There are no educational requirements for this career (as far as I know, it differs greatly), but a degree does make someone more credible and likely to get a contract.
Starting artists don’t get paid much at all. Some are even underpaid. Most beginning artists juggle two full-time jobs (illustration being one of them) just to pay the bills. They may receive between $25K to $40K/year.
ABILITY TO GET THIS JOB
It takes a lot of effort to get this career up and running.
In the entertainment business, like movies, there are thousands of artist jobs available. But when it comes to literature or concept art for games, there are about fifty artists in each preference.
Even though the pay may not be exceptional, artists get to do things they love (which is not work), and lots of people get to see how cool you are.
I chose to research this career because of my namesake and I had many resources available. After that… I like to draw :3
An interview by Kari Christensen
I am not allowed to post the info he put on there due to copyright laws and to protect Kari’s career.