4 Potential Jobs for Creative Minds
Whether you’ve been hustling for a while now or are just looking to jump start your career, making a choice on what to do is a job unto itself. Sometimes it’s just about putting some money in the bank, but for others, it’s about finding something that not only pays the bills, but challenges the creative brain. Let’s face it… some of us are just not built for spreadsheets or admin work, and after a certain point, side hustlin’ as a barista just isn’t going to cut it. So, if you’re looking for a day job with a bit more innovative spice to it, consider looking into some of these gigs.
Voice Over Artist
If you’ve got a killer voice or a knack for accents, then becoming a voice over (VO) artist may be right up your alley. A VO artist reads copy for a variety of purposes such as commercials, film trailers (“In a world far, far away…”), audio books, eLearning, and more. The really cool thing about this job is that you really don’t have to be “qualified” to do it. No one’s going to ask if you got a VO degree or certification. What you will need is a cleanly designed, easily accessible website which not only showcases your abilities, but offers a range of samples. You’ll also need some relatively high-quality gear—microphone, mic stand, headphones, preamp, shockmount, and editing equipment, for starters. Keep in mind, if you’re planning on working as a freelancer, most clients will expect your own equipment to get the job done.
Ever been to Ikea and thought, “Whoever gets to put together all these dreamy living areas must have the most fun job ever”? If the answer to that question is yes, then look no further; you’ve found your perfect fit. Often working closely with a marketing team, a visual merchandiser develops floor plans and three-dimensional displays in order to maximize potential sales of a company’s product. In Ikea’s case, this means snazzy, modish looking bookshelves and storage units using names that may or may not be akin to mythical trolls and elves. In general, a visual merchandiser in the United States makes an average of $45k, but if you’ve ever seen the incredible window displays on Fifth Avenue in NYC and can manage to score a position at a luxury brand, you could make as much as much as $80,000 a year.
UI or UX Designer
With the rise of technology and web interface, there’s a huge need for UI and UX designers. UI design stands for “user interface design”, while UX stands for “user experience design”. Both are pretty crucial when it comes to building tech products, including apps, websites, online learning courses, and much more—which not only work well and are beautifully designed, but also encourage users to spend money. Both gigs require related, yet different skill sets, but both (in senior positions) can earn you well over $100k a year. There are a lot of online programs which teach the necessary skills, and most schools now offer UI and UX concentrations/degree options. However, there are many tech savvy individuals out there who have forgone formal courses and teach themselves instead. Most companies and clients will want to see a portfolio of your work. And, as mentioned earlier, you’ll also need the right equipment if you’re working solo. Do some research on the best laptops for video editing and design work, as well as the kinds of software you may need to practice with.
If you love food, but the thought of working part time in a cafe slinging lattes makes you little ill, and going to culinary school seems a tad far-fetched, don’t fear—there’s some other options. You can become a chocolate or cheese expert! Yes, I said it. Chocolate and cheese—two of life’s greatest gifts. Some of Godiva’s top chocolatiers make close to $100K annually. And while that’s the top of the top, it’s still a pretty nice salary to work towards while being immersed in one of the most delicious food groups (chocolate is a food group, right…?) Those looking to jumpstart their chocolatier training can sign up for an Associate Degree Program in Bakery and Pastry Arts before moving on to more specialized focus. As for those who are more swayed by cheese, there are fromagerie (that’s French for being the “Big Cheese” when it comes to all things delicious and dairy) classes offered by Murray’s and Artisanal in NYC. These courses are considered the SAT prep courses of cheese school. There are also renowned cheese schools located in San Francisco (The Cheese School of San Francisco) and Vermont (VIAC).
Don’t be stifled by a dead-end job. Get creative with one of these gigs and find enjoyment while getting paid.