19 jobs to consider for a career change in 2024

Whether you have visions be in the spotlight, to lead from behind the scenes, or to go our on your own, Arts professionals offer their insights.
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Feel like a career change in 2024? ArtsHub looks back at the careers we profiled over the past year, to offer a few insights from arts professionals within our sector to whet your appetite.

In the spotlight

Actor Acting is just standing around pretending, right? Not so, says Aaron Walton, about a craft that is more complicated than you’d think.

Comedian There’s more to comedy than just making people laugh, Damian Callinan explains.

Careers behind the scenes

Proofreader Proofreading is a last chance, ‘spit and polish’ appraisal of a writer’s work for pesky mistakes. Being finicky and pedantic certainly helps.

Touring Manager If you have an affinity for logistics and a love of live music, working as an artist touring manager may be the career for you. Dom Miller is an artist manager, event programmer and touring manager at Sunroom.

Chorus Master Paul Fitzsimon has been Opera Australia’s Chorus Master since 2019. Here, he shares the secrets of his trade.

Making a difference

Bibliotherapist Though bibliotherapy is an ancient practice it’s not particularly well-known, says Dr Susan McLaine, a practitioner of over 18 years standing.

Drama Therapist Drama therapist Anne Gollan creates safe environments for play and storytelling with both children and adults.

Specialist careers

Narrative Designer Wondering who’s behind the stories in video games? Narrative Designer Alexander Swords explains the scope of his job and player psychology.

Stunt Coordinator for film and television Philli Anderson was Australia’s first female stunt coordinator and one of the few female stunt people working in the sector, globally. Here’s what she has to say about her job.

Archaeologist Archaeologist, Iain Shearer has led lecture tours for The British Museum, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and for Australians via Renaissance Tours. ArtsHub talks to him about his job.

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Children’s Gallery Curator What do you need – apart from passion – to shape a children’s gallery program and inspire young audiences?

Court Artist ArtsHub speaks with the courtroom illustrator responsible for capturing the criminal trial of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain.

Physical comedy and clown teacher Drawing from over 20 years’ experience, Clare Bartholomew divulges what it means to be a physical comedy and clown teacher.

Art Teacher, Costume and Jewellery Designer Anna Kolusniewski runs a successful business teaching art classes for children and adults, while also creating stunning wearable pieces on the side.

Freelance flexibility

Art Tour Leader A well-seasoned Art Tour Leader to Japan, curator and consultant Kathryn Hunyor tells what is like to be ‘on tour’.

Visitor Services Officer Molly Desmond is a Visitor Services Officer, but what does that mean?

Leadership dreams

Art Magazine Editor Rosy Leake is Editor of an art magazine – well two. ArtsHub catches up with her to discover what it takes to stay in touch and on time.

Art Fair Director The Other Art Fair Director Luke Potkin reveals what it takes to deliver a high-profile event that puts artists’ interests first.

Architect Ramin Jahromi, COX Every day is different for Ramin Jahromi, but a collaborative mindset and resilience are always key.

Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina