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    Careers in art

    I'm a high school senior so I need to get deciding what it is I want to go to college for and what I want my career to be.
    But what bothers me is that there isn't really many jobs in art
    I'm in a vocational program for graphic design and I just think that is boring. And being a fine artist isn't very promising money wise. Industrial Design sounds the best, but how many jobs are really out there? I hate animation so motion graphics or anything animation is out. And after that there isn't much out there.

    Am I right, or am I missing a big chunk of careers?
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    well, knowing that there's gonna be a big boom of concept artist positions in dallas soon, i think it should be more than fine for the next 5 years, if not more. There's always a job if you show that you work hard at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candras View Post
    I'm a high school senior so I need to get deciding what it is I want to go to college for and what I want my career to be.
    But what bothers me is that there isn't really many jobs in art
    I'm in a vocational program for graphic design and I just think that is boring. And being a fine artist isn't very promising money wise. Industrial Design sounds the best, but how many jobs are really out there? I hate animation so motion graphics or anything animation is out. And after that there isn't much out there.

    Am I right, or am I missing a big chunk of careers?
    Boring? Money? Job security? Hate animation?

    What about going into a profession where you have some sort of passion? Who doesn't want a six figure a year job that's stimulating, will last forever and you have to do minimal work?

    You might need to reconsider why you're even thinking about this as a career because the majority of us who do this for a living went into it because we've always had a passion for drawing, coming up with ideas, designing, creating our own little worlds, etc.. The financial pay off is just a side bar to what we really want to do.

    When it's 4:30 in the morning and I've still only got a few hours to meet my deadline, trust me that I'm not thinking about how much I'm going to be making- it's about doing the job well and getting it to them promptly. It's about being a pro at this gig. And if it's not me, there are plenty of other immensely talented professionals out there that can smoke me for my job as well.

    And this isn't the sort of career where you go into it for a few years, make a few bucks and get out- to the majority of us here, this is a lifelong pursuit. Whether it's working for a company or as a freelancer, we still want to create. Even "retired" artists still paint and draw.

    So for you, it might come down to a little more soul searching to figure out what it is you want to do in this field as opposed to looking to see what sort of job security and how much money you can get.

    Good luck.
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    What posesses people to even talk about careers or be interested in this as like, their main thing in life...

    what's wrong with just living and breathing and dwelling in supreme ecstasy?

    I don't want a fucking career. I want a life and I want to enjoy every moment of it and be intoxicated by life until I beg for death from sheer pleasure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naomi Ningishzidda View Post
    What posesses people to even talk about careers or be interested in this as like, their main thing in life...

    what's wrong with just living and breathing and dwelling in supreme ecstasy?

    I don't want a fucking career. I want a life and I want to enjoy every moment of it and be intoxicated by life until I beg for death from sheer pleasure.
    Unfortunately I can't pay back my student loans and take care of my rent with what you're proposing.
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    I guess on a positive note if you're in supreme ecstasy you won't need health care coverage.

    Candras,
    There are many different forms of graphic design that are challenging and creative, if all you're doing is page layout than yeah it can get dull quickly, but it may be a place to start.
    Teaching is surprisingly fun, but you've got to have some serious patience. Honestly you're young still so you've got time to experiment with your art and investigate your options.
    Be patient and keep asking questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhizBang View Post
    Unfortunately I can't pay back my student loans and take care of my rent with what you're proposing.
    Hold your nose closed and say it aloud, you'll sound more in character...
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    What do you want to do? What do you enjoy doing? If you hate practicing the piano, you probably won't become a competent pianist much less a virtuoso. Passion is what drives people on and gives them the determination to do the hard work and keep striving. If you love painting, the odds are you'll keep doing it, investigating it, and get better and better at it.

    The first question is do you have any real passions or interests? Are you in touch with yourself? What sparks your curiosity? What do you enjoy? You need to develop your interests. That will lead you to the kind of work you want to do. There are many ways to contribute to the world and earn a living. Art is only one of them, and is not the right path for everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naomi Ningishzidda View Post
    Hold your nose closed and say it aloud, you'll sound more in character...
    At least I've got enough character to go out there to do what I love and be realistic about things.

    Candras asked about careers here and you offer up some ether and psychobabble about "breathing and dwelling in supreme ecstasy"? What help was that to anyone? At least see what SB Dave and woodbert have to say about helping out Candras before you start spewing venom about my character. woodbert is spot on when it comes to talking about healthcare coverage and other little essentials about living life responsibly too. There's a business side of living life along with the fun side. Balance the two out is all I'm saying.
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    If you are good enough, there is always going to be work. Also, I wish I could groan Naomi's posts in this thread for the same reasons Whizbang pointed out. Personal philosophy is best left in the lounge.
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    Well I want to know how much I'm going to be making so I don't have to live with my mom all of my life. That is a big aspect to look into with any career, it isn't all about the passion.
    And I want a career so I have stablilty in my life, I don't know about you.. but I don't want to worry about if I'm going to have enough money to eat, buy gas, etc.

    I like drawing and everything but I couldn't handle the pressures of being a concept artist.

    I've been rethinking graphic design, and I realized that I like doing it, just that I hate the teacher and the lack of actual teaching along with the way my class is ran.
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    Again; if you are good enough, there will always be work, but it's up to you to get good enough- and again again, if you are good enough, you will get paid "enough". It's like most professions. The better you are, the more you charge and the more demand. But if you dont push yourself then nobody wants to come to you, and the few who do only do it because you are cheaper. GD sounds like a great career, especially if you like it, but it seems like it might hurt in the end to NOT do what you love (if you like Concept art more) just because of money or fear of having no job security, which I have a feeling will exist in GD as well.

    Just as a more direct answer to your post, if you are GOOD enough, you can easily make more than 50 a year in a studio. You won't have to live with your mom. There are a few freelancers that make 150k a year (but doing most tax stuff eesh). The amount you make is "basically" correlated to your skill level.
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    Actually, I'm being more than half realistic than most of you, combined. You only just realize what's in front of your face, while I realize whole galaxy every fucking second.

    You don't have to live with your mom...it's easy enough to get a job and make a living somehow. That's economics, just knowing how to budget. Being an artist has never entailed avoiding suffering, though. the path of balance requires that you do keep your eyes on what art is really about...otherwise you'll just end up like one of those soulless bastards who goes back to school and becomes a lawyer midlife...

    art is unique in that your quality of work goes up with every single ounce of spiritual mastery and practical discipline combined.

    do I make myself clear?

    there's tons of art jobs lying around, just pick one up....and draw every fucking day

    I love art, that's why i'm in it. a real artist will spend every second thinking about it and then some. just draw what you love and find a niche to support it.

    get used to the idea that you'll have to work a mundane crap job while you get your skills up to speed. you can prioritize and cut time leaks out of your schedule.

    I was a fine artist for years, it's very lucrative, as is graphic design. Candras, if you do what you love, you'll be fine....follow your heart

    or as Dante said, follow your star, and to a fair port it shall surely take ye...

    vainly, and arrogantly, sure....

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