Heya - I'm (probably) going to be a caricature artist at an equally-as-crummy theme park. Haven't sent in the contract yet. Do you advise against this? Basically, are you making good money, and do you have any good connections in the art world from this job. I really don't want to make an awful mistake. And I'm not looking forward to wearing white tennis shoes.
I’d say definitely got for it. Being a caricature artist is a great way to vastly improve your skills as an artist. Plus, you’re getting paid to make fun of people.
The pay is okay, I guess, but it’s not the most practical way to support yourself long term unless you do a lot of private drawing jobs and freelance work. The connections you make really depend on the staff you work with, but it’s fun to work with other artists either way.
All in all, this job works as a great stepping stone for for a young artist, especially for a student.
Hey, I got offered a job as a caricature artist over the summer for a local theme park. Should I take it or am I better off waiting tables instead?
I’d say take it! Even though I bitch about this job a lot and it can be annoying, it’s a great job for artists for who just want to get better. It improves your speed, your ability to think on your feet, your endurance, and most of all your patience.