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The First-Ever Insider's Guide to Art World Job Struggles...
Art Stuff 17 Apr 2018

Auction House Specialist VS Founder of an Art Startup
The First-Ever Insider’s Guide to Art World Job Struggles
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DESCRIPTION
Auction House Specialist: Mr. or Mrs. (Need To) Know It All.
Founder of an Art Startup : Cultivated bachelor(ette) with an MBA and a degree in Art History.

OUTFIT
Auction House Specialist:  Matches the (ideal) trajectory from junior to senior specialist; brand of choice eventually evolves from Zara to Max Mara.
Founder of an Art Startup : Distinctly anti-corporate: Jeans, hoodie and loafers. May feature a navy blazer for seeding rounds.

GETTING IN
Auction House Specialist: Research shows a direct correlation between your chance of gainful employment and how high – and how frequently – your parents bid.
Founder of an Art Startup : One of the advantages of founding a startup is that you get to skip this step altogether.

WORKING HOURS
Auction House Specialist: Preview or sales periods will have you on the brink of exhaustion and insanity, but when it’s all over life returns to normal and you can expect to be home before sunset.
Founder of an Art Startup : Three hours at WeWork, four hours at a lunch meeting, one hour at the gym, then ‘networking’ drinks, sleep and repeat – of course interrupted by checking your IG follower number every 5 minutes.

SALARY
Auction House Specialist: Dependent on who bought what for how much.
Founder of an Art Startup : An unfamiliar concept until about three years in.

RECOMMENDED STUDIES
Auction House Specialist: Extensive knowledge of fine art, jewellery, and mid-century furniture; an obscure specialisation, like shrunken heads or snuff bottles.
Founder of an Art Startup : A degree from the University of St. Gallen, Harvard or INSEAD might help to convince potential investors. However, a good idea, a head for business, and an impressive network will probably be enough to get you started.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Auction House Specialist: You charm a new client into signing with you instead of a competitor.
Founder of an Art Startup : Breaking even, and a later stage IPO.

MOMENT OF TERROR
Auction House Specialist: Hearing the dreaded P-Word: ‘Passed.’
Founder of an Art Startup : Your Bangladeshi Instagram ʻbot’ has been offline for more than 3 hours in a row.

COMMUTE
Auction House Specialist: Travel ranges from the MTR commute to the office to trips on your client’s private jet.
Founder of an Art Startup : Fixed-gear bike Uber driver or Fixed-gear bike Uber back to fixed gear bike

WHAT THEY DON’T TELL YOU IN THE INTERVIEW…
Auction House Specialist: If you have dreams of actually swinging the gavel, you probably shouldn’t have been in the interview anyway.
Founder of an Art Startup : Since you skipped the whole interview thing anyway, let us just tell you: we doubt there’s a need for another art world / social networking app or collector platform. #sorrynotsorry

This Feature Got Published in TheArtGorgeous Magazine#4 to Download e-version click here

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