I was told by many “you can’t make money in art”.
I was asked by many “Why would you spend all of that money on an art degree, when you won’t get a job to pay your bills?”
I was encouraged by most “find a new degree/career path that will *actually* earn you a living”.
Well, those were the wrong things to say to a person like me. When someone tells me I can’t do something that I know I can do, it makes me want to do it even more so I can prove them wrong. Is that the only reason I went to art school? Heck no!
Truth be told, those voices got in my head enough to where I was “just going to go to JJC to get some sort of an associates degree and figure it out from there”. Thank God, God had a better plan for me. Long story short, I ended up going to the American Academy of Art in Chicago and getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts - with a Specialization in Watercolor Painting.
Even after I graduated (with a job before I graduated- might I add to those nay sayers ;) ) I had people ask me “Do you regret it?” *thinking* they knew the answer would be “yes”. No. Not once. In fact, I would take the same exact path, given another opportunity.
So why did I do it, and why would I do it 2,854,409 times over? Because I wanted to be the exception. I wanted to prove it to myself and others- that I, in fact, CAN do it. I wanted to eliminate the idea that artists can’t survive on art alone. I wanted to be happy doing what I love for the rest of my life. And most importantly, because I needed to be true to myself. I would be miserable doing anything but what I do now. (I know because I’ve been there)
So. Here’s to kicking ass and loving life!
Don’t ever let anyone tell you you can’t do something.
The world is ours.
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