After graduation, Artist moved to Los Angeles, where he appeared in an episode of Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures and in the television film Blue Lagoon: The Awakening. In July 2012, he was cast in the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee as Jake Puckerman, the younger half-brother of Noah "Puck" Puckerman.
In July 2013, he was chosen as one of the eleven Abercrombie & Fitch's Stars on the Rise. He began appearing in the fourth season premiere, and was upgraded to the main cast for the fifth season. At the series' conclusion in 2015, he had featured in 36 episodes. In 2015, Artist joined the ABC drama-thriller series Quantico, playing the role of Brandon Fletcher, an FBI recruit at the training academy in Quantico, Virginia.