Artistic personalities struggle when it comes to the monotonous, bog-standard 9-to-5 that offers no creative outlet. Luckily for us imaginative souls, though, there are so many positions, traditional or not, that allow our minds to run free, think outside the box and develop an amazing and rewarding career.
So, if the thought of a grey cubicle gives you the shivers, get your artistic muscles flexing with this handy list of creative careers...
If you’re a people person who’s talented at re-styling, colouring and cutting hair, this profession is right up your alley. The joy you’ll get out of transforming a client’s look will be worth the hours spent on your feet all day.
2. Music producer
This job requires you to tune up your acoustic artistry and possess an ear for young talent. As a music producer, you’ll need to be a strong networker, while having the technical nous to mix and produce tracks that appeal to your target market.
3. Art director
Are you always thinking of new ideas and want to lead a pack of like-minded employees to bring your vision to life? If so, being in charge of creating and executing creative visualisations for companies could be the perfect job for you.
4. Graphic designer
This artistic role is best suited for the inventive introverts. With the ability to design and produce graphics and pictures for any industry, you can make a real contribution within the workplace. Graphic designers are more in demand than ever before with many businesses moving to an online platform.
Can you bring creative ideas to life via animation, like the popular Disney movies? If so, you’ll be high in demand with movies, games and advertising moguls. You’ll need knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (or similar programs), Maya or 3D Studio Max.
6. Game designer
Are you a console fan that also has a creative trait? If so, you could be one of the creators behind the next hot video game to hit the market. What’s better than designing and playing your favourite game all day?
7. Interior designer
Do you get excited about fabrics and textures? Being an interior designer allows you to tap into your creative outlet and decorate people’s homes for a living. You’ll need to consult with your clients, figure out what their style is and redesign their living space into a masterpiece that they’ll love.
8. Video editor
If you have a creative eye and a knack for video production, being a video editor could be the ideal profession for you. You can be the brains behind a big blockbuster or get involved in advertising or freelance jobs.
If you have a calm and warming temperament and a keen eye for capturing imaginative photographs, this could be the career for you. Many photographers choose to go freelance as they can manage their own schedule and develop an individual style.
If you’re better at expressing yourself through words and can create interesting and captivating stories, becoming a writer would be ideal for you. You could go down a number of routes, including content and technical writing.
Advertisers get to work in a creative field that also combines business know-how. This is another career where artistic individuals can flourish. They have the opportunity to create content for ads, brochures, websites, as well as radio and TV commercials.
12. Social media and marketing specialist
Working with social media and marketing will get your creative juices going. You’ll be in charge of creating your company’s profile and branding by using a number of different platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+. As new trends emerge, you’ll be responsible for identifying them and keeping your company relevant.
As a stylist, you’ll need to select the correct accessories, clothes and props for the given occasion. Your role can differ slightly depending on the industry you’re working in, but the basics are the same. You’ll need to have a creative eye and the flair to create memorable pieces.
14. Visual merchandiser
If you have an eye for style and love all things fashion, being a visual merchandiser could be your dream job. You’ll be involved in creating 3D displays across retail shops in order to maximise sales. This can range from high-street to high-end stores. To receive full job satisfaction, pick a brand you love to receive staff discount, too!
If you like getting creative in the kitchen by mixing a number of ingredients and spices, you could really excel - artistically and financially - in a high-end kitchen. As a chef, you can not only get imaginative with flavours but also can make a dish look appealing through presentation.
Looking after a plant is hard for most of us, let alone trying to match a pretty bouquet of flowers. After all, arranging flowers and knowing which families go together is like putting together a puzzle that requires creative juices.
Teaching is another option for artistic individuals, especially for those who teach music, art and drama. However, teachers in other fields can also cultivate their artistic sides through creative teaching methods and finding innovative ways to help students grasp and retain knowledge and apply it to their lives.
Do you love being outdoors and have a passion for pretty gardens? If so, being a landscaper could be perfect for your personality type. Landscapers bring the outdoors to life with their artistic visions. You could be involved in a number of different projects, including parks, airports or public buildings like museums.
19. Makeup artist
Makeup artists have the ability to make anyone’s features stand out and look their best. Although many believe that playing with makeup all day is easy, you need the skill and talent to be able to work with different face shapes, skin textures and features. Many artists are also involved in theatrical work where they completely transform actors into other people or animals using special effects makeup.
20. Event planner
Throwing a big bash or a function involves creative chemistry, while you need to make sure every last and minute detail is taken care of to ensure the most enjoyable day. If you thrive on creating and designing parties, you can gain real satisfaction through this line of work. As an event planner you’ll need to be an outgoing person who can make vital connections to suppliers to ensure cheaper rates and good-quality products.
Whether you want a full-time position or wish to manage your own schedule, these professions will not only give you the flexibility for the ideal work-life balance but also get your creative juices flowing. If you’re business-savvy, too, then you might be onto a winner with your innovative ideas.
Do you work in one of the professions listed above? If so, share some of your knowledge with people aspiring to work in the same field…