25 Artists and Their Day Jobs Before Making It Big

Ai Weiwei

Day Job: Carpenter, Blackjack Player, and House Painter

Following his time at Parsons, Ai Weiwei worked a series of odd jobs, from being a professional blackjack player, carpenter, and house painter. Obviously, this was just the beginning for the artist, who soon returned home to become one of China's most outspoken artists and political activists.


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