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Visual and Performing Arts: Library Resources by Field of Interest: Career Resources

Visual and Performing Arts Field of Interest IconCareer Resources and Research Tips

Career Databases from the Library

Use these databases to search for information about different careers. You can find salary information, job duties and descriptions, education requirements, and more.

Self-Paced Tutorials

Want some more in-depth information about preparing for a job or career? Check out this self-paced Canvas tutorial which includes the following modules:

  • How to Explore Careers Using Library Resources
  • Information Skills for the Workplace

More resources can be found in the Career Research guide

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Browse ebooks from the SCC Library

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Starting Your Career As an Artist

An integral resource for aspiring artists, this third edition updates key pieces of the classic Starting Your Career as an Artist. In this comprehensive manual, veteran art career professionals Angie Wojak and Stacy Miller show aspiring artists how to evaluate their goals and create a plan of action to advance their professional careers, and use their talents to build productive lives in the art world. 

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Making It in Country Music

Rich Redmond, drummer for superstar Jason Aldean, provides a shot of inspiration for those interested in jump-starting a music career. Making It in Country Music is filled with practical advice, stories of how Redmond did it himself, and insights from a chorus of other musicians. This is the ultimate behind-the-scenes and fun-to-read book looking at the country music industry and music careers. 

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The Stage Actor's Handbook

This definitive guide for professionals and aspiring professionals alike details best practices for everything from rehearsal demeanor to backstage etiquette. It also shares the theatre's unique vernacular, revered superstitions, and field-tested guidelines for touring, interactions with the public, and more. 

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Fashion Portfolio

Personal strategy and clear identity are key to successfully presenting yourself as a designer within the fashion industry. Fashion Portfolio: Create, Curate, Innovate is a practical guide to a forward-reaching portfolio, emphasizing the value of personalized storytelling. Its focus is in helping designers reach visual and conceptual clarity in representing their potential. 

The Best Jobs in the Music Industry

The Best Jobs in the Music Industry is an essential guide for those who want to explore different areas of the industry beyond the obvious routes. This second edition includes updates and even more exclusive interviews with top professionals, giving a look at how music jobs have changed and the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the industry.

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A Career in the Arts

For emerging young artists, it is essential to know the histories of the different performing and visual arts, and their training and craft traditions. Additionally, understanding the role of informal learning, differences in types of institutions, approaches to teaching-learning, and the subsequent likely career impact is important.

Search Tips for finding for books and ebooks

Search the library catalog for print books and the ebook database for ebooks to find more career related information.


For the best results, search using specific keywords or short phrases rather than full sentences, questions, or strings of words. Thinking about your topic and different aspects of your topic can help you to identify relevant keywords. Good keywords are single words (usually nouns)  OR specific phrases (two or more words that must go together to make sense). When searching for an exact phrase, use quotations.  Here is an example of some keywords and phrases:

        screenwriting             "musical theater"           "audio production"        design          merchandising             turntablism

To find books related to careers add the phrase "vocational guidance" or a keyword related to career/job searching. For example:

  • "audio production" AND "vocational guidance"
  • "resume writing" AND "musical theater"
  • "employment interviewing" AND "actor"

Watch the video to learn how to search for career books in the library catalog. 


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