Isn’t it required for aspiring artists to . . .

. . . work in retail at some point in time?

I (thankfully) have a part-time job at Kohl’s — after two interviews and a background check — starting tomorrow. I’m also continuing this morning to work on a resume and cover letter for a part-time position with the local homeless shelter. And, if you recall, I’m still working 12 hours a week for Mission Data International.

I don’t know much about the job with the homeless shelter, Hope Harbor. The feasibility of that position in addition to two other part-time commitments will depend on the number and flexibility of hours they have in mind. It does seem like a position I’d be interested in though, one that I’m qualified for and that uses my experience and knowledge for the greater good.

Having three part-time jobs would severely curtail, needless to say, the time I have to devote to my sculpturing. It may be for the best though if we’re able to save up a lot of money quickly, assuming this will benefit long-term goals related to our artistic aspirations — sculpture and being a creative catalyst for me, creative writing and fiber arts for my wife.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

2 Responses to Isn’t it required for aspiring artists to . . .

  1. Julie says:

    I thought food service was the requisite.

    Which I haven’t.

    But I have worked retail.

    But not since the summer after high school.

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