Originally, from a live Youtube interview by Georgia Agbodjan on March 14th, 2021.
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Cristian S. Aluas is a full-time artist and is best known for his ongoing comic series Big Boss: Gun For Hire. With the recent publication of his book for aspiring freelancers, IT’S A LIVING, he engages in a lively conversation with fellow artist Georgia, sharing tips for freelancing as a profession, his journey as an artist, and how to manage one’s time efficiently. Visual examples are shown alongthe way.

Good to see you, Cristian. You know go ahead and introduce yourself and tell us what you’re currently working on.

My name is Cristian Aluas, and I’m a Romanian-born Canadian artist…

by Marshiari Medina with Cristian S. Aluas

Photo courtesy of Harvard Business School

We all have been there: Sitting in front of a computer in a small office, wondering what is the true meaning of life? What are we doing selling health insurance plans when we have a master’s degree in Art History? We know every piece of artwork has a story to tell, and yet, here we are, listening to a wacky lady talking about her cat’s asthma issues. Wheezing and treatments. What is the meaning of life, seriously? Why aren’t we self-employed and starting our careers as entrepreneurs? Why do tomatoes turn red?


There’s a new trend of food as art, ever since a banana taped to a wall with duct tape sold at Art Basel Miami for $120,000. The artwork was by Maurizio Cattelan and it was titled “Comedian.” The billionaire Miami couple that bought it stated that they thought Comedian might become significant in art history. Sure enough, it started a movement. A month later, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York opened a curated exhibit titled “Fruit and Vegetable Salad.” The exhibit was organized by the museum’s senior curatorial assistant and consists of about a dozen single fruits…

7 Dating Rules for Struggling Artists — Essay and image by Cristian S. Aluas
7 Dating Rules for Struggling Artists — Essay and image by Cristian S. Aluas

As an established freelance artist, I know how expensive dating can be, especially when your income is more modest than other professions. This list is a companion piece to my book titled IT’S A LIVING. For young artists on a tight budget, I’ve come up with seven steadfast rules for dating. This list is applicable for male or female artists. Although some societal expectations apply, we live in an age where dating challenges are similar for both men and women.

1, Never show up to a date hungry.

Try to meet over coffee on the first date, to see if there’s chemistry first. If you meet for dinner…

Cristian S. Aluas

Cristian S. Aluas (pronounced KRIS-TEE-an ah-LOO-ahsh) is an artist and writer. He’s the author of IT’S A LIVING: Surviving as a Freelancer in the 21st Century.

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