From the studios and stages of artists and performers to the offices and living rooms of magazine editors and freelance writers, the work environments of creative types can be as different as the jobs themselves. But no matter where they report to work each day, chances are the conditions are just as stressful and competitive as they are original and inspiring. While those who work in these kinds of jobs are often faced with the pressures of demanding deadlines, mistake-free performances and original designing, they also reap the personal and professional rewards of a career that utilizes creative outlets. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over the next decade employment in the arts, entertainment, recreation, motion picture and video industries is projected to increase, while the number of jobs in publishing and fashion designing is expected to decline. With statistics like these, those who want to succeed in creative careers need to be where the jobs are. If you tend to think more with the right side of your brain than the left, you may want to relocate to one of the following cities.
New York is home to more than 2,000 arts and cultural nonprofit organizations, 500 art galleries, 1,100 advertising firms, about 2,300 businesses offering design services, almost 700 magazine and book publishers, and 145 film production studios and stages. With so many creative organizations and businesses packed into one metropolitan area, it's no wonder that people come from all over the world to begin their creative careers in the city that never sleeps.
Recognized for its diverse culture and various artistic, musical and architectural attractions, it's not surprising that creativity flourishes in San Francisco. The City by the Bay is also well known for its thriving performing arts community, which includes the San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera. Due to its close proximity to Silicon Valley, San Francisco has many opportunities for those who want to use their creative minds to further technology. According to the San Francisco Center for Economic Development, more than 250 IT and digital media companies operate in the city and approximately 20 percent of its workforce is employed at them.
With a well-known theater district, dynamic music scene and a publishing industry that is second only to New York City's, Chicago has a lot to offer "artsy" types. Here you will find world-renowned art and cultural institutions including the Chicago Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre. Americans for the Arts reports that the Windy City is home to more than 5,000 arts-related businesses in areas such as performing arts, design and publishing, visual and photography, and film, radio and television. Chicago also has a thriving fashion community that consists of more than 400 designers and 375 independent boutiques, according to Chicago's city government.
Not just a town for aspiring actors and actresses, Los Angeles has also been called the "Creative Capital of the World." A 2010 study by the Otis College of Art and Design found that one out of every six jobs in the region is in the creative economy, with the largest revenues made in the entertainment, visual and performing arts, and fashion industries. In this city you will find more than 800 museums and art galleries, 1,000 musical, theater, dance and performing groups, and a fashion district that covers 100 blocks. Even though you may find more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians in L.A. than in most other places, with projected steady job growth in the creative economy it's the perfect place to look for your big break.
Austin is not only the capital of the second largest state in the country, it is also known as "The Live Music Capital of the World." Here you will not only find a variety of music venues, but technology corporations, national advertising agencies, performing arts centers and art galleries. Americans for the Arts reports that there are more than 2,400 arts-related businesses in Austin that employ more than 11,500 people in industries such as design and publishing, performing arts, visual and photography, and film, radio and television. With its reasonable cost of living and low unemployment rate, struggling artists should consider beginning their careers in Austin.