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Career Coach: Art Handler vs. Studio Manager
Art Handler: The art world literally lies in your hands; Studio Manager: You’re a (very, very glam...
Art Stuff 12 Sep 2017

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Art Handler VS Studio Manager for a Blue-Chip Artist

DESCRIPTION
Art Handler: The art world literally lies in your hands.
Studio Manager: You’re a (very, very glamorous) slave. 

OUTFIT
Art Handler: Comfort is the key. And don’t even think about wearing heels on the job.
Studio Manager: You rock a classic cool girl wardrobe, but it’s inevitably covered in drips of paint.

GETTING IN
Art Handler: You’re probably an artist (or just know a lot of them), an aspiring gallerist (or just used to work for one), or the child of a collector who’s slumming it for a while.
Studio Manager: The artist you work for may have once been your professor. Or perhaps, you worked for a gallery that oh-so-kindly “placed” you there.

WORKING HOURS
Art Handler: The art fair opens at 11am and the venue is available from 9pm the day before. You do the maths.
Studio Manager: Who counts the hours when you can be in the presence of the next Picasso, right?!

SALARY
Art Handler: Good enough to cover some of your studio expenses until you become the next big thing.
Studio Manager: Who cares when your boss can get you into all the best private dinners and parties?

RECOMMENDED STUDIES
Art Handler: Studio art or art history, plus regular weight lifting classes.
Studio Manager: Art history, yes, but you’d also better have some experience in an emergency room for when things start to go awry in the studio.

BEST MOMENT
Art Handler: Looking at the Porsche next to you at the traffic light and knowing that it’s you who has the $10 million beauty in the back.
Studio Manager: When you realize that the idea behind your boss’s new masterpiece may have actually been yours. This could be also the worst moment.

WORST MOMENT
Art Handler: When you’re moving a giant canvas and it accidentally slips out of your hand.
Studio Manager: When you have the deliver the message that the LACMA show was cancelled.

TRAVEL PENSUM
Art Handler: No art fair without the shippers. Did we mention there are over 200 fairs worldwide?
Studio Manager: We recommend you buy some nice flight accessories – for the economy class.

UNTOLD FACTS IN JOB INTERVIEWS
Art Handler: No matter how small the painting, the crate is always heavy.
Studio Manager: At some point, your egomaniacal boss will probably ask for more from you.

This Feature Got Published in TheArtGorgeous Magazine#2 to Download e-version click here

Illustrations: Penelope Strintz

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