Pros: travel, compensation, autonomy, training program, sales org, product, networking, extended vacations, etc...
Cons: gone 5-6 months at a time, small cabin/living arrangements
I traveled to over 50 countries as a Fine Art Auctioneer, and I saw countless places that I would never, in a lifetime, be able to visit.
And I made a lot of money doing it.
Besides the travel and the compensation, I think the best think about this job is that you really learn how to run a small business. This was a great way for me to combine my entertainment background and business acumen, and to grow professionally in a way that I think would really take years somewhere else.
I have definitely developed a confidence in my abilities that never existed before.
And I can tell you, there is nothing like being on stage in front of 300+ people calling a live art auction. It's almost like being a rock star. Seriously.
I've also really learned to appreciate the visual arts much more now, have amassed an incredible amount of knowledge, become fascinated with art history, and have really enjoyed seeing just how excited my clients get when they tell me about the artwork they've collected. It's great knowing that I'm actually getting paid to help educate people, and to help them have a great time collecting something they already enjoy from a company they love.
I also used to play competitive basketball in college, and if you would have told me I would end up doing this, I would have called you crazy. I was not an arts person, at all. Now, my friends call me a walking encyclopedia of Art History! I've found that this opportunity has allowed me to maintain a competitive, entrepreneurial spirit while also really immersing myself in The Arts - something I've grown to appreciate and – more... love on a personal level.
Oh - and the training was unbelievable as well. I feel like they could charge for the training (which, of course they don't) because it was THAT GOOD. The training was quite difficult, but I learned more there than I think I did in 4 years of college, and I'm not the only one that came out of training thinking the same thing.
It really is one of those jobs where the more you put into it, the more you get out of it, and there are many facets to that. This job isn't for someone who is lazy or is just happy clocking in and out - it's for someone who wants, and has the determination, to make something for themselves. I saw the world, I was paid well, and I experienced a level of personal a professional growth that has put me far ahead of the game - especially at this age in my life. – less