Newbie in Southern Calif. needs advise


Grumbler in Training
Jul 6, 2004
Torrance, California
I am making a career change and getting into framing. I plan on attending the American Picture Framing school next month. Any suggestions on where to look for employment when I do not have any actual job experience? Should I start with places such as Michael's or JoAnn's Craft stores?
Some employers prefer a candidate with training but few bad habits to break. Don't limit yourself to the big box framers. Get your application to everyone and, if you get multiple offers, pick one from a place you think you'd like to shop and like to work.
Once you work for a big box, you will probably find resistance from independents offering you employment. Since you are spending the money to get all that sophisticated training, why not take a few business courses and open your own shop. You can be the employer, what fun.

As for school, take the class from Valley Moulding.

No need to go far for a good education.

As for employ, as you are now, try Soicher Marin they are on your side of the city. There are others like Martin at Aestitic, or Marty at Outrageous Frameworks.
I just took the course at American Picture Framing Academy. It was very informative, with lots of good tips for opening up your own shop. I agree with JRB: Open up your own shop! I'm in the process of doing that right now. Have found a decent location with a decent lease and am now purchasing equipment. Good Luck
It wouldn't hurt to get some experience before opening your own shop.

Work for a small independent framer, since that is what you will be. You can get a feel for what you enjoy most, and what you are best at.

This will also give you a chance to hone your patience with twits skills.