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    Career change- 28, too late for school and career in the arts?

    I'm dreaming of getting out of the corporate world after working there for several years. I'm 28 now and I want to re enter college and get an art related degree. I have started putting together a portfolio to apply to some NYC schools but I have some concerns.

    I know it shouldn't matter but I don't want to feel out of place being the oldest student. It'll feel really weird being a decade older than the freshmen. Can some people chime in on if there are a good amount of older students? Any of you out there go do what I'm planning, a mid career change and reentering school late?

    Anyone have any thoughts on the possibility that it'll be harder for me to get a job afterwards? Is there age discrimination for entry level jobs, in art related fields?


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    exactly my thoughts. but I also have one more handicap. I'm getting married this summer. And I've got to bring home the groceries if not the ham :/ Well at least I have this forum which rejuvenated all my artistic thoughts and brought me to the verge of a rebirth in means of art.

    But I think you should go for it anyway. GO FOR IT!! poor me..
    and thats all..

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    I go to College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and we have a few older students in pretty much every department, so I don't think what you're doing is too unsual. Hell, there are even people in their 40's-50's here sometimes! Although some places will be bitchy about hiring older people, I say chase your dreams. My dad switched careers a few hundred times... starting as a radio DJ and ending somewhere in advertising.. :confused: Go for it.
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    you're not too old unless you're dead.

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    Hey I will be starting when I am 24. I'm already married and I am about to graduate with a businesss degree that I feel I wasted the last four years of my life on. It's never too late to start anything. Go over to AWN Forums and look up Ed Gavin. He's a teacher at Ringling and he started his art career later than most and he's been successful. Live your life with no regrets. You only have one chance to do it.
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    I'm a couple years younger than you, but still old enough to feel a little awkward about starting school with everyone else 6 years younger than me. Not to mention telling people the field I want to go into (comic books), doesn't exactly garner a lot of oooh's and aaah's. But the way I look at it is, I'm going to die someday, do I really want to waste the time between now and then wishing that I was doing something else? So, don't worry what other people think and do what makes you happy.

    Also I don't think there's all that much age discrimination in art related jobs, as you are usually judged on your ability and little else. As long as your portfolio is good, no one really gives a damn how old you are or where you went to school.

    Anyways, that's my two cents. Good Luck.

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    Thanks for the reply, you're right I shouldn't let little things like this hinder me. Just curious but what's your story exactly? Did you also make a career switch? How old were you when you went back to school, and were you indeed the oldest?
    Hope things are working out for a fellow oldie =)

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    dude, just go for it...what the hell??? career switch is cool man. u know what???

    after 7 years of bloody, unwillingly study in the interior design of a well known university in my country, I just drop it...to hell with it.... the real art is out there and it is in you. switch it. do it. dont even hesitate.

    we are with u dude.
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    Well first off, you can never be too old. Second off, you're not old. Third off, art is a lifestyle, not a career.

    I don't think that it's relevent how long it takes for you to become skilled in art. The more important factor, in my opinion, is perseverence. I've gotten 100x better, and I've only been drawing for a couple months now.

    Art is a lifestyle. When I become a bit more serious about my art (over the summer, probably...), I will breath, drink, and eat art. I'll have a sketchpad in my pocket wherever I go and I will devote hours upon hours on just improving my technique. If you enjoy art and the lifestyle, then nobody's gonna give a damn how old you are.

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    i just graduated from AIS, one of my roommates was 28, and a friend of mine is also 28. A large portion of the guys I graduated with were in the 23-24 range, and there was a few even in thier 30's.
    I self-published a book on the fundamentals of drawing from life.

    http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-D...8951905&sr=8-1

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    I don't think 28 is too old to switch. But that's provided if you have been working on artworks all along since you were younger and have been in practice.....only thing preventing you from picking it up back then was parents, or you needed to be in a career that offers huge returns for sake of family commitments.

    Still I'd say you will prolly find it hard to adjust at first. But as the saying goes...

    If at first you don't succeed.......Cheat!!!

    No wait that didn't turn out right. But I think you guys got my meaning
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    Thumbs up Go For It!

    I think it's a great idea. About the age factor, I would not worry about it, I have recently been to three interviews for university (fine arts) and college (animation, illustration), and most of the people applying were not straight out from highschool. In fact, most had masters in fine arts, architecture, etc.

    Many people have a first "backup" degree or job before persuing a career in art (cause we all know art is a tricky business).

    Good luck!

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    i was 19 at otis and was in classes with 50 and 60 year old people
    ( i think it was more of a hobby for them but still.....)
    all that matters really is that you have the foundation of ability to start learning from
    if you dont have any sort of an art background or ability then its not too late its just that a lot of people expect art school to turn them into artists(i went to school with alot of them...eventually why i left)
    and if you have the ability a degree isnt the most important thing in the world
    hell go to a good cc take brush ups whatever just make sure you have a good portfolio
    (mine is no example for sure)
    i may not be in my dream job but at least i get freelance werk
    well in the end schools not a bad option
    but yer work will speak volumes more than a degree
    if you think schooll will fill those empty chapters...go for it

    best of luck
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    yo its never too late man,

    if you think you have the talent to do it,
    then go for it.

    but if you've never been good at art before and just want to get into art and design as a career cuz it looks fun...

    might not be the best idea..

    ur age is NO biggie man, and still ur only 28, its not like ur 58 or something, and even then you could still do it.
    college isnt like high school, people from all walks of life and all ages go to college.

    but definetely I'd say only go for art as a career if you think you might have some talent. YES you can learn to draw and such.. but natural talent DOES have a roll in this.

    oh and its not all fun and games man,
    long hours, and MUCH LONGER hours during crunch times,
    I worked at a video game studio doing all sorts of art for a year.. and man.. when I had to do something not work related, it was SO hard, I mean.. I'd wake up, go 2 work,
    get home at 10pm.. do this 5-6days a week..

    how the heck are you supposed to do anything that requires a store thats not open on stundays? or till MIDNIGHT !??!:eek:

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    IM 27

    Hi Mate

    I think you should go back to school if it freels right in your hart.

    Im now 27 and in the second year of a games design degreeIm loveing it and have never been happyer in my life

    I took a long time makimg my mind up about doing a degree so late in life. I was working Full Time For a large company don an ok job with good benifits and perks

    but I wasnt doing what I flelt I should.

    So I sorted out my finances as much as I Could and took a plunge and started a degree here in the UK.

    I was so affraid at first Im Dyslexic and did do well at school
    I still struggle with writen work and maths and have problems with short term memory. but Im doing well.

    I hope that at the end of this I have the skills I need to get a job in the games industry.

    And looking at the reaction to my work I should just do that.

    The one advantage of beeing older than my fellow students is my expierence,knowlage and work ethic this is somthing i can share with them and as my tutor says Pier learning is to most important part of any degree.

    we all have somthing to contribute even if its just another point of view.

    Im not sure Who said it But one of my fave sayings is

    "Minds Are Like Parachutes they only work when their open"

    so give it a go who knows where you will end up

    good luck in what ever you do mate

    YOUR COMPADRE Tiernan

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