Everyday Hustlin, a Look at Miami Artists' Day Jobs: Devin Caserta

"Where my money? I need, I need, I need cash!" Maybe Rick Ross wasn't singing about the everyday grind of paying bills. But there once was a young Rick Ross, who struggled to find a way to balance his creative ambitions and cash flow. In "Everyday Hustlin'," we talk with Miami artists about their day jobs.

Devin Caserta is an Italian-American visual artist working in Miami whose work centers on personal issues and situations from his young adulthood. Using realistic charcoal drawings comprised of stuffed animals in forced psychological-states, Caserta uses the stuffed animals to mask the identity of the people in his life.

New Times: What job do you have to pay the bills?

Devin Caserta: I am a front service clerk at a local grocery supermarket.

Does it help or hurt your art?
It

helps, because I am able to speak to a variety of people and tell them

about my art, which makes the networking I am able to accomplish

wonderful. However on the down side, it is a disconnect from the art

world.


What is the best thing about having a day job? Worst?
The

best thing about having a day job is being able to talk and meet the

most random people. The worst thing would have to be dealing with some

rude customers. 


Are you any good at your day job?
According to my evaluations -- yes! One of the best at my store actually. 

Have you ever blurred the lines of your day job and artistic job?
I do to a point but if I push it enough, I might end up without a job. 

You have just received a huge check and now quit your day job, 
how do you see it playing out?
I'd

open up another local art school to give back to the art community. I

refuse to hear people say that art is dying in the school system.


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