Anonymous asked:I'm only fourteen, thus not qualified to make this important decision in my life. I'm torn between becoming a Psychologist and an Artist. I love making art, and it is my passion. Sadly, I know it is very hard to make it big in that industry and it might be near impossible to gain a steady income from it. I think being a Psychologist would be nice, but it's not my ideal job. I don't really think I could do anything without getting that sort of job, but again, it's not really what I want to do.
Stop right there. I want you to ask yourself this question:
"I money didn’t matter, what would I want to do for a living?"
See, no matter what, if you pursue your passion (in this case art) the money will ALWAYS follow.
At the end of the day, would you rather be able to have a bunch of worthless bills, or know you spent your life doing what you love most?
If you’re looking at careers this is an important thing to consider. Artists aren’t known to make a lot of cash, but there’s other considerations for people to take into account as well.
The main thing to consider is that you don’t really need art school or art degree qualifications to be an artist. When you work in the industry your main item which will get you jobs is a portfolio of your artworks, not a resume saying you went to art school “X”. Your client generally doesn’t care if you attended an art school, but they will be interested in the quality of your art which is shown in your portfolio. Your portfolio speaks louder than your degree, especially if the degree happens to be taught by people who have grounding in theory than in practice. If you’re looking into illustration or design for larger companies then their requirements might include a desire for experience on high profile projects. Very rarely have I seen requirements for a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Design in a job description. Those only tend to be required if you become a gallery curator and that’s not a popular career option as far as I’m aware. So not doing an art degree really shouldn’t be a problem if it’s a matter of expense and cost. This might be a little different in Europe but America generally doesn’t care about tertiary qualifications as far as I’m aware.
I’m mostly self taught and if you can find someone who gives honest feedback and knows what you’re doing then self teaching a viable option. I’ve been drawing/painting for about 3 years now, so I’m not what you’d call naturally talented. With plenty of free online resources and even books you can hunt down on the internet it’s not an impossible thing to do with some dedication. As it is most formal art schools dedicate more time to art history and theory than teaching you practical basics perspective, anatomy, colour theory, composition and the like. So the more formal art schools tend to be a waste of time if you’re only attending to learn practical skills. As an artist, I’m only in it for pratical work and personally I really couldn’t care less about art history.
Speaking from personal experience, I’m a Law/Creative Arts student but the Creative Arts course offered by my university isn’t one that dedicates all that much time to practical work. I feel like I’m wasting my time by even doing Creative Arts as I’m not learning anything practical or useful for industry work. As a result I’m dropping the Creative Arts portion of my degree, heading into straight Law so I can better my understanding of law. As for art I’ll continue to self teach with some help from friends like Dave. Maybe after my degree finishes I might consider attending a one year practical course at one of more hands on technical colleges where I live because they’re said to have excellent courses that are nowhere near as expensive as university and are more suited to my purpose. A year of excellent practical education is far more useful than 4 year of substandard practical education. So if people want to do Psychology/Commerce/Business/Medicine/Law etc. then there’s nothing stopping you from doing that and learning art on the side or at a later date. There’s no reason as to why someone can’t do both, especially with formal art schools being so overrated.
I do disagree with the comment on “worthless bills” because those things can easily ruin your entire life if they aren’t handled adequately. Be sensible about your career choice and always have a backup because you don’t want to end up bankrupting yourself because you’re too dedicated to your pursuit of art. In the case of the example above, there’s no reason as to why they can’t have Psychology as a backup while they learn art themselves or through someone else. So be sensible about these things, because it’s sadly not as simple as loving something enough.