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    Art and marriage?

    I don't know if this has been asked already,
    but recently I've been thinking alot about it lately.

    I'm 15, so this is far off, but it's something that I look forward to, and I want
    to try and lay these worries to rest.

    I know I want to pursue a career in art and do only that.
    However, I'm wondering, how does one go about marriage?
    Is it common for an artist to marry another artist? Is it a bad idea?
    Is it common to find a spouse who will support such a career?
    Or is the path of an artist a lonely rode?

    I don't know if these are stupid questions, and I'm not even sure
    I've gotten my point across, but any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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    Artists are people, they do what people do. They're not tragically misunderstood geniuses who cant connect with "normal" people. They get married, they have friends, they put their pants on one leg at a time just like everyone else.

    I would say the ideal partner will support your career. If they dont, then that is a problem and you shouldn't marry them. Pretty simple. Artists marry other artists all the time, but its not a requirement for happiness that both parties must be artists to love and understand eachother.

    Of course, before you consider marriage it is my opinion that you are in a well founded career so I would worry about that first before a wedding. You're 15, you have all the time in the world to get married and settle down. Concentrate on your art first and get into a good job. If you meet a nice girl or boy and they are the right one for you, then they should be willing to wait and support you while you get your feet on the ground.
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    What the hell, dude. You go out, meet people, fall in love, and if you're compatible you get married. You don't pick and choose from a catalogue.
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    I'm a married artist with one child. My advice - get all the training you can before you have children or responsibilities. At my point, I'm not near the level I want to be, and my tracks now delayed for years. I do what I can, and I enjoy my family. So long as you're young now, train and study all you can, and then see where life takes you.
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    I'm not gonna call it a stupid question - but it's really subjective. If you learn how to balance your life it should never matter what your career is in comparison to your personal life really - find the girl/guy of your dreams? If you don't marry them I'm damn sure it'll be for far bigger reasons than artistry.

    But hey, there are some artists that move from studio to studio, never really settling down..... there are some artists who prefer being alone.... and that is their choice, obviously they choose not to worry about such things because they want to focus on putting more emphasis on work or something.

    Very. Subjective.
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    Artists should stick to their own horrible, loathsome kind and not inflict the rest of the gene pool with their deviant mutations.
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    Haha, ok.
    Yeah, I mean, I'm not worried about getting married right away.
    That actually was a horrible statement I made, dunno what I was thinking.

    I think what I meant to ask, is does the average artist make enough
    money to support a family? Or is it a major struggle to have a steady life?

    I've just been hearing lately that rarely will an artist make it and
    that it's a crazy struggle to make a living off art.
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    Generally speaking a lot of artists struggle for income. It's sad but true. However the more you push to be at your very best and pursue this venture the easier it will generally be to support yourself. It's not really the sort of job that most people consider as an accounting 9-5 job where you just put some effort into - you gotta push.

    So it's some work to be able to support yourself - let alone a family - but it is feasible and quite a few artists do it in some fashion.

    I seriously recommend getting a well rounded education though if you can. As I was told when just beginning - it's good to have a backup plan for those rainy days and the more you can do in life, the easier that gets. I didn't listen to them as much as I should have, that's for sure.
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    I don't know about your personality, but I feel as though if I were to marry someone who did the same type of job as me, I'd be compelled to compete with him. Which, this could be good and motivating but it might cause too much friction in the long run.

    There are other types of people with careers that require creativity, and these people would probably understand and appreciate what you do more, as well as help with the creative process. Like if you were to marry an author or other type of writer, or a musician/composer, or even an architect, etc... So you could get someone who respects your job without competing directly with you.
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    Well, my advice is to make sure someone you marry supports your interest in art. It is hard to divide time between family and art...you will find yourself short charged easily, so someone who supports your art career is a *must*.
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    I'd suggest marrying somebody really, really rich.

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    I mean obscenely wealthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nintendo_zombie View Post
    Haha, ok.
    Yeah, I mean, I'm not worried about getting married right away.
    That actually was a horrible statement I made, dunno what I was thinking.

    I think what I meant to ask, is does the average artist make enough
    money to support a family? Or is it a major struggle to have a steady life?

    I've just been hearing lately that rarely will an artist make it and
    that it's a crazy struggle to make a living off art.
    It depends on what kind of work an artist does and how dedicated he/she is to her craft. If you are a full time production artist, such as an animator, you can make a very decent living. It is much more difficult, but not impossible, to make a decent wage as a "fine artist". Do you know what kind of art you would like to do for a living? When I was your age I had no idea how many different career paths an artist could take, there are many choices available for you.

    I married a very creative person who understands how much discipline and hard work goes into an art career.
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