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    When can one concider onself as a professional?

    I have lately really been pondering on a certain question. When can you considerer yourself as a professional? I know I am not there yet, for I still have much to learn, but I wonder if there ever will come a time where I finally will consider myself as a professional, because there is always something to learn, and there always will be. So is there a "general rule" for when one can call yourself a professional?
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    I would simply say, when you are making a living off of your art/the majority of your income is from your art, you can call yourself a professional artist. That doesn't tell you anything about your skill level, of course - but why would a title ever do that?

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    That's the deal right there ^^^.
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    Thank you, seems logical really. I guess I just find it weird to put on a status "professional for (x) years" for me still, but I am well aware of the fact that I am still not there, so perhaps that is part of the reason. Just don't know if I ever will really feel like a professional, just because of the fact that there will always been something new to learn.
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    Most professionals engage in what's called "Continued Eduction" for that very reason, there really *is* something new to learn all the time.
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    Exactly that is how I feel! Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hive_minD View Post
    Thank you, seems logical really. I guess I just find it weird to put on a status "professional for (x) years" for me still, but I am well aware of the fact that I am still not there, so perhaps that is part of the reason. Just don't know if I ever will really feel like a professional, just because of the fact that there will always been something new to learn.
    You're confusing being professional with being a Master. Being a professional doesn't mean you know everything (or even anything), it just means that you are able to make a living at what you do. This usually implies good skills and good conduct. It doesn't imply mastery of the discipline.
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    Some occupations have governing bodies, sanctioned by the government, that deem their practitioners to be professional when they have met a certain number of criteria and have joined their organization. In other cases, your accoutant may put "artist" in the box labelled "Occupation" on your tax return.

    I think we worry too much about whether we are professional or not. My art instructor is a graduate from art college, paints and sells his paintings, and teaches art. His wife works in another field and between her salary and the money he makes from his art, they make a living. His whole life is art. I, on the other hand, am retired from a previous career that has provided me with a comfortable retirement income. I paint and sell my paintings (not for as much as my instructor!). My whole life is art. Between my retirement income and what I make from my art, I make a living. Who is the professional artist? Both of us? Neither of us?

    Unless there is a governing body to decree professional status, (and I would never, in my wildest dreams, advocate for such a body) the question of when do we become a professional will never be definitively answered.

    One thing I know for sure - professionals never stop learning. Only amateurs stop learning.
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    When you stop worrying about if you are or are not a professional.

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