I moved to Austin from Chicago in January. I am an artist (mostly painting) currently building up a new body of work to submit to galleries/shows. I haven't shown anything in a couple years, so I am looking forward to jumping back in the art scene with some new work.
I work at the Capitol as a runner/clerk; I got the job through a temp agency the first day I applied, but if you check on craigslist austin there are always
quite a few of admin/office opportunities. If you would like to PM me, I can send you information on some local temp agencies as well; raindancing was right, there are plenty of day jobs to choose from.
The South Congress area is way cool, but I found it to be (for home+studio space) a little pricey, so I ended up finding a *lovely* house on the East Side, north of Town Lake. It's about a 5-7 minute drive downtown, and I commute by bus to work, which takes (at most) 15-20 minutes. Bus passes are also $10/month ($5 if you're a student), and the extra 2 miles/day I walk to/from bus stops does not hurt either.
Ideally I would love to buy a place in the next couple of years; I will probably stay on the East Side.
Okay, I will write more tomorrow, off workie in 4 minutes.