Most Helpful Guy
As someone really big into music and art, I can understand your situation.
Here is my perspective— don’t aim for a straight up “art career.” Rather, aim for something that involves using your creativity/art skills. For instance, this could be like an industrial designer, architect, scientific illustrator, whatever. If you stray more from science, there are also things like web design or video game development. From what I know, the fields in those are more promising than, say, a studio art job.
Being a painter, or standard “artist” is a hard business. Not only do you need to be very talented/good at what you do, but you have to sell your product somehow which requires a business aspect to it. There is a reason why “starving artist” is a phrase. It’s competetive and hard to make a living.
Likewise, ask yourself, do you need a “career in art” to pursue art? Although I really enjoy writing/playing music, my major is not music. Instead, I practice music on the side. I don’t really need a degree in music to pursue how I want to pursue it. I still am in a band, and I still write music. It would be great if I can make it big, and I’m aiming for that. However, given the odds against me, I have a backup if things go south.
My dad loves woodworking, but he is in the computer science field. He uses some of the money he gets from comp sci to fund his hobby.
Hence, you may pursue art, but if things fall apart, make sure you have a backup right next to you. You don’t want to be in your mid 20s, realize things aren’t going how you hoped, and that now you’ll resultingly be struggling to make ends meet for years down the road.0
Most Helpful Girl
Depends on what kind of art career you're aiming for.1