I'm not exactly here looking for a mentor (though that would be great). I'm more here because a question has been bugging me. I want more experienced artists opinions on this.
I've been mulling over an issue as a young artist. My friend and I have been batting around this question, and coming up with opposite answers. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on it.
Is it possible to be an artist and work in other things than just art?
What I mean is, I have polymath tendencies and I worried its going to ruin me. I enjoy learning and exploring lots of different subjects. I like trying new techniques, new mediums, and new materials. I'm not just an artist, but also a writer and filmmaker. Theres lots of different subects outside of art that I'm interested in.
But I've also heard a lot of advice that in order to make it as an artist, you have to specialize. That you have to devote yourself to just art, and nothing else. But I want to do more than just that. I hope that these other things give me a broader view, help me see more things, and hopefully make my art stronger. However, I'm not so sure about that. There is some part of me that fears in the back of my head, that trying to go for so many things means I will fail at all of them.
What are your thoughts? Are these real concerns or is there leeway?