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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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    " 28 " oh man buy a coffin an find a suitable grave.. I know one at an art academy..
    Just joking for sure go for it.. you are still " young " and even you can plan a career in sports.. Maybe snooker

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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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    I'm in 26 and married with my pencil. I love my bride but making love is kind a different. I'm pushing it so gently but you know the resulted kiddy was an art piece.. Whaa whata relationship..
    Sorry if I'm rude with this, but I hate school and art education. I studyed in an academy and I know how the atmosphere is in there. so I only know one way to learn art. that is follow your impulse and twist that under your personality.. life and friends are the best teachers..

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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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