I Worry About The Future..

I have choicen to study on the art acedemic  . I really like it at the acedemic, but i am really wondering if this is what i want. Yes i really like to make art and it makes me happy and gives me energy. But i am worried about what comes next. Iff i come from the acedemic i might not find any work. And that is not what i want. I really like to have a nice stable job. I know you have that with every job, but aspecially with being a artist. It is weither your get verry rich or you just sell some art in a year. Well for me i am verry ambitious and if i want something i want to get the best in that. So yes it is for me important to know that i can get a life with being a artist. I sometimes think that i should quit with this study. But i know that is a stupid thing to do cause i know i really belong on the art acedemic. And finding what you want is also verry important. I gues i just have to take every chance that comes on my path. It seems also that everyone has his or her own world. I have know clue what my "world" is. And i dont know if i find out either. Just some things i worry about...

 

peonyrose peonyrose
22-25, F
5 Responses Feb 13, 2010

I think you've gotten some really great advice from the other responses here. I couldn't have said it better myself. Maybe getting a double major would be good. I don't know how universities work at your place. But whatever you do, don't quit the study you're doing now, because you obviously love it. You're very young (unless you're totally lying about your age group) and you'll have plenty of time for finding a way to survive after graduation, getting more education or whatever's needed. And I mean, they wouldn't educate people in art related subjects if they knew all of them were doomed to becoming poor and homeless.<br />
I will be following my dreams of becoming a big musician in my spare time at university come this fall. I'll be trying to find other interesting things to learn and study next to my hobby (I'm starting out with just humanities in general). Then I'll see where life takes me.<br />
Mark Knopfler has a really interesting life story. Did a major in English and Journalism and made a living for a few years after that just giving lectures and playing music at pubs. He hadn't been really serious about his playing during his university years. Then when he was 29 years old, he was spottet by some record people and he and Dire Straits went in and recorded the famous Sultans Of Swing, which propelled them to stardom. But I be he's still glad he took those majors.

I think you've gotten some really great advice from the other responses here. I couldn't have said it better myself. Maybe getting a double major would be good. I don't know how universities work at your place. But whatever you do, don't quit the study you're doing now, because you obviously love it. You're very young (unless you're totally lying about your age group) and you'll have plenty of time for finding a way to survive after graduation, getting more education or whatever's needed. And I mean, they wouldn't educate people in art related subjects if they knew all of them were doomed to becoming poor and homeless.<br />
I will be following my dreams of becoming a big musician in my spare time at university come this fall. I'll be trying to find other interesting things to learn and study next to my hobby (I'm starting out with just humanities in general). Then I'll see where life takes me.<br />
Mark Knopfler has a really interesting life story. Did a major in English and Journalism and made a living for a few years after that just giving lectures and playing music at pubs. He hadn't been really serious about his playing during his university years. Then when he was 29 years old, he was spottet by some record people and he and Dire Straits went in and recorded the famous Sultans Of Swing, which propelled them to stardom. But I be he's still glad he took those majors.

well actually i have been facing a similar dilemma off late. Im studying engineering from a pretty decent college, and i know i'll get a job that pays off well. But two years into my course, and now i feel i should have been studying journalism or psychology. I find both these majors amazing and now i dont really know what to do!

I can very much relate to you PR. I know that I'm good at writing and I so badly want to be a novelist. But I know that I can't just depend on that because for all I know I may not be successful and then I'll be left poor and homeless. It's hard to follow your dreams when you don't know if it's worth the risk. You just have to make a wise decision and to do the best you can with what you got. I think you should find out some other skills or interests you may have and choose a career to start off with while you do your art on your own time. This will build on your talents while you can still make decent money in the meantime. And, there are many other jobs related to the arts you could get into that could allow you to learn more about the industry. Search jobs in art museums or galleries and what education is needed and attend college for those. Once you have a stable job, save up some money and take an art course when you can. You could also do volunteer at art camps or at an art gallery and this will look good on your resume. Whatever choice you make, have faith in yourself to succeed and never give up your dreams. You will get there sooner or later as long as you stay persistant. Practise is what really counts so keep doing your art. I wish you the best of luck my dear. :]

Get a double major, maybe in business, or find a career that you like that will help you to support your artmaking while earning a living at the same time. It can be done! Don't give up on what you really love.