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Career Planning

What is a career plan?  How do I make one?  How do I adjust when I change my mind?

What is the Outlook?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio is one of the top five states in the U.S. with the highest employment level for fashion design occupations with employees earning an annual mean wage of $73,100 as of May 2012. The BLS states that fashion merchandising professionals finding work in Ohio stand to earn a median salary of $31,970 when pursuing a career in textiles and apparel. Most employees tend to settle in larger cities within the state, such as Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. ” The Art Career Project

From the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here is some interesting information about median pay, job outlook, job descriptions and similar occupations.

Craft and Fine Artists     Fashion Designers     Merchandising   Makeup Artists

Dancers and Choreographers     Actors     Musicians and Singers

Music Directors and Composers     Producers and Directors     

High School Teachers     Sound Engineering Technicians     Set Designers   

Research Your Career!

There are a number of techniques for researching a career.  Internet research, personal interviews and faculty are great resources.  Know that your “degree” may lead to several different “careers” and your “career path” may take several twists and turns along the way.  Here is some very basic information and information on related careers you can explore.  

Independent Artist Support
Check out SEA: Self Employment in the Arts

The mission of SEA is to provide educational resources to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist.  SEA’s primary focus is on the undergraduate college student and programs are geared towards helping emerging visual, performing, literary, and media artists gain the resources and connections they need to be successful self-employed artists.​  Programming includes conferences, workshops, panel discussions, webinars, competitions and more.  Within these events there are a variety of activities including keynote presentations, artist-led sessions, one-on-one mentoring, round table discussions, networking events, as well as creative releases such as a gallery reception, create room, and improv. Also check out a list of books recommended to SEA by past presenters.​ The list includes titles on financial success, marketing, entrepreneurship, grants and career building.

Video Resources

Here is a sampling of video resources.  While YouTube is full of career tips, make sure you are consulting professional resources.

American Theatre Wing iTunes U (Access via iTunes)

Guide to Careers in Theatre—One-on-one video interviews with the theatre’s leading artists and professionals, explaining each specific discipline in the theatre and what it takes to pursue that specialty

Working in Theatre—Hour long seminars

In the Wings—Information on additional careers such as Theatrical Scupltor, Wig Maker, Textile Artisan, Stage Automation Engineer, Aerial Choreographer and more.

Build a solid foundation starting today!