Since 2013, Micah Nichols has worked full-time as a freelance miniature sculptor. He got his first commissioned job as a part-time sculptor in 2011 which is when he realised he wanted to make it his full-time career. Micah sculpts for companies in the 25mm-75mm range.
Sculpting was not Micah’s original career path as he didn’t truly discover his talent until after he graduated college with a degree in broadcast jouralism. After a few years in radio, and a career jump to public relations, Micah realised that his college time hobby of miniature sculpting could become a full-time living.
What is a freelance miniature sculptor?
A miniature sculptor makes the master miniature for a product. This master is then given to a mold making company that makes a mold, or physical impression, of the master which is used to make countless copies of the original. Miniature sculptors can work for companies of all sorts: board games, jewelry, action figures, statues/figurines etc.
All of these companies need someone to make the first sculpture before mass production. That is the job of the Freelance Miniature Sculptor.
Production copy (left) made by Noble Collection after receiving master figure (right) sculpted by Micah Nichols. Dobby stands at about 1 inch to the top of his head. Micah must sculpt the figure at the exact size that the production copy needs to be.