Well, I just spent a whole year scruffing it at the job center, waiting to get help finding an appropriate job (nothing that takes hours to get to by bus, also something that actually uses my skills) and a networking group (which presumably would help me to get a nearby job that actually used my skills). It’s the most arts-unfriendly industry; job counselors don’t know anything about the arts and they don’t even care that they don’t know anything about the arts. I really wish they would have told me sooner that they weren’t going to help me get a job, but the economy, until recently, has been quite sucky, and it is improving very very slowly, inch by inch, but it’s still perceptible.
I am now looking for a seasonal job and also spaces for my art. Right now it looks like I am going to find some art spaces before I find a seasonal job — the job listings tend to be mushed together, with all areas and all industries mixed up.