Whether it's the Catholic priest who's in an accomplished photographer, the Baxter Avenue advertising executive who paints or the Avalon waitress who publishes poetry, the abundance of Louisvillians with creative side gigs is one of the city's more interesting quirks--and one of the many reasons Louisville's able to stay weird.
If you're one of those creative types who'd like to quit your boring day job, if only you could find a way for your artistic endeavors to support you, check out these three websites, which will help you get paid to explore your passion.
Showcase your visual art at Society6
to attract fans and win grant money. The site has a social-networking aspect that allows you to promote your own work and that of artists you admire (similar to the social news website Digg
). Society6 also makes it possible to be a patron of the arts without having a trust fund and residing on Manhattan's Upper East Side; people or organizations can award money, products or services to encourage creativity and promote themselves.
Once Demand Studios
approves your application (it shouldn't take you more than three minutes to complete it) you can pick from among thousands of writing assignments in 15 categories that encompass pretty much everything. The pay is $15 an article, but the pieces are short and you should be able to crank out at least a couple of them in an hour. And Demand Studios distributes these articles to a large audience, helping you bolster your writing credentials as you work towards better-paying gigs.
The photographer who uploaded his picture to iStockphoto
may have only made $30 when he sold it, but having a "Time" magazine cover shot in his portfolio probably will help his career. iStockphoto is an online photo agency where photographers can make money licensing their work, usually to marketing, advertising and media companies. (And for more on "Time's" $30 cover shot, read Salon.com's Photog thrilled to get peanuts from Time
For more information: Read about Jeff Gaither, a Louisville artist with an international following.