Alright, so right now I'm stuck on what to do with my life. I am about to graduate from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelors degree in both biology and Graphic. I would love to get an awesome job doing some sort of concept art, and although I think my illustration and digital painting skills are good, I also think there is a lot of room for me to grow. My plan is staying in school to get a masters in Biology (also one of my passions)and during that time work on my skills as a concept artist (learning fundamentals,3D modeling, developing a portfolio etc.)and take freelance work. This way, I could get a good paying job after getting my masters to pay off debt and survive, while continuing to grow as an artist, and when I feel as though I have worked up a professional quality portfolio, I can send it out and try to land an artist job if I wanted. I figure this could also make me more qualified in Scientific Illustration, something I have already received a little freelance work in. I guess what I'm asking is: If the portfolio is good, should the fact that I have gotten a lot of education in Biology and have worked as a biologist hurt my chances of getting hired as a concept artist? Or the age-old question, is a good portfolio and a good personality all that matters? The reason I would rather get an MA in Bio and not art is because I have always felt like I did better at developing my own style and subject matter through self teaching and free tutorials online.
Your guys' thoughts are greatly appreciated.