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    Making a living

    My college life drawing teacher said something to the class that I cant make sense out of. He said "If you think you are going to make a living out of art, start thinking again. You are not."

    It was so demoralizing that I dont know what to make out of it.



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    Mmmm, well, maybe things didnt go as planned for him and ended up teaching and now hates life or something.. or just want to test you guys out...see who are the ones that really are willing to do as possible to make a living out of art.
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    If he is making a living out of art, why can't you?

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    My head tutor said a similar thing, that it's really really hard and not everyone makes it, I think she gave like 1 out of every 10 students in our class or something. I don't think she meant to be demolarising but she just wanted to prepare us mentally for how tough it would be. Sort of a test, see if we were truly passionate about doing it I guess.

    You should ask him to elaborate, maybe?

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    It sounds like she was maybe trying to ween out the ones who aren't serious. It's a tough way to make a living and needs years persistence and dedication. Those who choose to carry on working regardless of hearing those types of comments are likely the ones who'll end up making it. If you lose interest in art because of it, then chances are you wouldn't have the dedication to make a living doing art, anyway.

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    i think it depends on what living means to people,

    Making 250$ a month while living with your parents
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    making enough $ to support your own family and parents, kids, house, car, traveling the world + saving up for your retirement.
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    in my design-faculty, 38 of the 40 students who started with me all had illustration portfolios at the beginning. that was 3 years ago.
    I think 2 or 3 of them are still doing illustration, the rest (me too) moved to graphic/interactive design or photography.

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    Just try to prove him wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slothboy3000 View Post
    Just try to prove him wrong.

    This.

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    To at least 95% of the people in there he was probably 100% accurate.

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    Well, obviously it's possible to make a living off of art. It's just extremely hard and in most cases requires a lot of business and financial sense and sacrifice. It takes one many years to build their career into something that is very lucrative.

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    "Thoughts?"

    You're going to have to think of a better plan than "sit around, feel apprehensive"?
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    I agree to what's been said. An alternate theory is that, harsh as it sounds, maybe he feels that no one in that particular class is putting in the amount of work required to make art their career. In this case, the same response applies: "prove him wrong." And don't worry about how much work anyone else puts in, just worry about putting in as much as you can.

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    Not sure where you're going to school, but be careful taking any college professors too seriously. You certainly can make a living out of art. It's funny how some people treat hard work as if it's something that hasn't been around forever.

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    the problem with an instructor saying things like this, no matter what their reason for it, they dont know the background of the people they are saying it to.

    my girlfriend is an amazing illustrator. better than me in fact. but she was told something similar in school and ended up quitting drawing altogether. i've seen her work, and she's amazing. way better than i am.
    but i'm the working professional, not her. the only reason i succeeded where she didn't was because i've always had a fuck you attitude to anyone who said i couldn't do something. including family.
    my girlfriend on the other hand, even though she's an amazing artist, has always struggled with low self esteem.
    hearing that shit from an instructor destroyed her.
    when i heard it i said this dude is full of shit.

    you need to tattoo "fuck you" to your chest and bust it out like super man.

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