From theater to photography, 7 side activities to channel your creative side

Need to earn extra money and prefer to do it through creative activities? You have a lot of options. Here are some creative activities that let you enjoy acting, art, comedy, crafts, fashion, music, and photography.


An explosion of new pay channels generates an abundance of jobs for actors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 32% increase in agency work from 2020 to 2030. This is four times the rate of employment growth in the overall economy. But that doesn’t mean the actors are struggling to find work. The BLS notes that most actors suffer from long spells of unemployment and their average hourly wage is only $ 21.88. As a result, many actors have “day jobs” – waiting tables and walking dogs, building houses or selling them – at least until they hit big. And while you’ll need an agent once you do, these online platforms can help you find your prime roles.

Playbill is an industry publication that offers a free job site for actors. The creative activities listed here range from movie and theater roles to voiceover and acting at children’s parties.

Backstage offers a job search service that informs members of casting calls for union and non-union productions. Although it is free to receive job notifications, if you want to apply for jobs through the site, you will need to pay for a subscription.

Actor’s Access allows actors to post a profile and portraits for free. The site will also ask you to pay for a premium membership, but this is not required to post a profile.

Supplements! The management can help you find concerts of background actors. However, unlike casting agencies that charge for productions, Extras! Management charges the actors. The site fees are scaled, ranging from $ 10 to $ 75 per month. This allows people who only want casual jobs to pay less. And if you can’t find a job in a given month, part of your monthly membership fee is credited to the next month’s account.


Creators of artwork most likely have space in a gallery – or website – where consumers can purchase original pieces. However, artists can also turn to online galleries to sell originals, as well as prints and giclées. Many print-on-demand stores will also create reproductions of your art on other products, such as bedspreads and iPhone cases, paying you a royalty on each sale.

Sites to sell your artwork include Saatchi Art and TurningArt.

If you want to sell your art as prints or on products, such as aprons, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and baseball caps, check out Society6, Redbubble, and Fine Art America.


Funny? A website called Cracked solicits comedy writers to submit articles. If your story is accepted, the site pays over $ 100 per piece.

But maybe your humor is more of a party clown or comic book character? You might want to sign up for Beebizy, a party platform that reserves entertainment for children’s parties.

Arts and crafts

There are dozens of online platforms that can help you sell crafts. However, only two stand out – Etsy and Amazon Handmade. What makes these sites attractive is simply their reach and ease of use. Both attract millions of visitors every day and are marketing giants capable of drawing thousands of buyers to your store. Both allow you to post products for sale for a small fee – or for free. However, you will pay commissions when you sell goods through them.


Creatively connects creative artists of all stripes – animators, fashion designers, web designers, fine artists, writers and producers – with businesses and individuals in need of their services. Created by Stacey Bendet, founder of fashion brand alice + olivia, the site makes it easy to publish a portfolio and apply for jobs offered by a range of local and national brands.

Working Not Working connects creatives in the fashion, entertainment, media and marketing industries with businesses that need their help. This site charges the cost of hiring to the company looking for work.


If you can write lyrics and sing a song, Songfinch is worth a visit. This platform connects singers and songwriters with people who want to commemorate great events with a personal melody. Singers / songwriters receive a minimum of $ 100 per assignment and they retain the rights to the songs they create. (Song buyers get a personal use license to play the song they ordered for fun, not profit.)

There are also several sites that will help you teach and tutor music students. Some of the best are Lessonface and TakeLessons, which allow musicians to post a profile for free and simply pay commissions when they book and bill students through the platform.


Few creative pursuits are as versatile as photography. Not only can you sell your photographs as prints and on print-on-demand products like Fine Artists (see above), you can also sell them to illustrate stories and portraits.

A wide variety of sites can help you sell stock photos, which are used by publications and websites to illustrate their copy. These photo sites include Adobe Stock, Getty Images, and Alamy.

However, if you like portrait and event photography, you can earn more with Snapped4U. Snapped4U is a marketplace where portrait and event photographers can create photo libraries where the subjects of those photos can purchase jpeg files one by one or in bulk. Photographers set their own prices. The site charges a $ 10 fee to create an account, plus a commission when photos sell.

Finally, a site called Skyword can match photographers with business clients who want to hire photographers and videographers to introduce consumers to a product or business.

Kristof is the publisher of, a freelance website that reviews money making opportunities in the gig economy.

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