How can someone be an artist

Free Art: A Life as an Artist

The idea is romantic, the reality is often fruitless. In addition to creativity and talent, prospective artists also need an above-average willingness to take risks and a lucky knack for self-marketing for their profession.

The training path for someone who wants to become a freelance artist is clear: studying at a state art college or academy.

Right from the start, it's not just about creative work, it's also about personality. To express yourself authentically. Imitation has never made anyone famous. Anyone who made it to the top not only had their talent but also the right individual concept to assert themselves with their work.

Actually, art is like football. There are a few famous people who make a lot of money and the vast majority of the others.

Practice early ...: What applies later also applies to admission to one of the art universities

Anyone wishing to study at an artistic or music college must prove that they are particularly suitable. The aptitude test takes place on site and requires applicants to demonstrate their talent. The first major hurdle for an educational or design course is the portfolio. This means that only those who are convincing with their work samples are invited to the aptitude test at all.

What exactly is expected is different at every university. If you are not sure whether your portfolio meets the requirements, you can get portfolio advice from most universities. You can get information directly from the university.
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So that it doesn't become a breadless art

But how does art and a job bring under one roof? For those who want to live from their art, self-marketing is the catchphrase. Budding artists are independent entrepreneurs who have to present their ideas to sponsors, gallery owners and customers.

At Europe's largest art academy, the Berlin University of the Arts, there is, for example, a career center that offers support and advice on starting a career and topics related to setting up a business:
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It is also not a bad idea to acquire a second mainstay before starting your studies. A craft occupation such as a carpenter, tailor, media designer, photographer or interior decorator is a good option. What you have learned can certainly be put to good use in one way or another as part of your studies.

Occupational fields Graduates from art courses

Free visual arts: Artists can be active in all areas of the visual arts; from sculpture to photography to painting to three-dimensional works such as objects and installations. Independent artists create an independent contribution to art in their studios, which is brought to the customer via galleries.

Design and creation / communication, industrial, product design: A communication designer takes care of communication tasks (advertising and public relations) in industry, business, science and culture. He is the expert for all questions relating to layout, typography, photography (image processing) and provides drafts for the visual structure of the program surface of the Internet and intranet pages. The industrial or product designer is in demand when it comes to the design of industrially manufactured products. Workplaces for designers are agencies or the creative departments of companies.
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Art education, art education: A classic way of combining art and work is to study for a teaching degree with a specialization in art.

Art Therapy: Art therapists promote and maintain the health of others by engaging in the visual arts. There are employment opportunities in hospitals, spa centers, sanatoriums, facilities for the elderly and facilities for disabled people.

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