So, it's kind of already obvious why most of us are here. We either like art, like making art, or both. I was wondering though (and I'm not sure if there had aready been a similar thread posted about this before), while I take it that most of the people here are studying/working one way or another in the art industry, how many of the others aren't? And what do you guys do? And for those of you guys who could've gone to art school or started a career in art but didn't, do you regret it?
I can start. I was born in a family of artists (or you know, people who work in the industry anyway, somehow), and I've always kinda sorta knew that it was something I had an aptitude for. When the time came for me to choose my degree, I decided to go in a completely different direction and become a scientist (*is also a huge science geek/nerd), because I thought, hey, I'll always have art in me anyway, right? Now I'm actually in a somewhat advanced stage in my career and whenever I come across some of my friends from highschool who were also part of the art crowd back then, who actually went to art school for college and are now producing all these amazing stuff, and working for all these awesome people, and being part of this... elite art group, I keep on thinking... damn. That could've been me. Every now and then I'd compare my most recent works to theirs and feel just completely iadequate and left behind. Does anyone else feel like this?
For the record though, I do love my job very much. It's just sometimes, I can't help but think about the shoulda woulda couldas. And also sometimes it gets weird when everyone at work talk about their interests (mostly sports and music) and you can't exactly geek about your favorite artists and comics and whatnots, just because it's not exactly a mainstream interest. So yeah, I guess to me art is kind of like a guilty pleasure/secret life.