Contrary to what some said here, I think you shouldn't rely on CA.org or any other site. Find your own "path" so to speak. Find what you enjoy to do and do it better each time regardless of what people say. Some may say you're bad at drawing this and that, but you like it better that way. Suddenly you're divided and don't know which to do. Just an example.
...and no, 16-17 is REALLY not too late. I only made doodles and crappy things in my math book till I was 16.
"Sadly, most artists prefer to give the elite their attention."