The last few weeks I have been asked at least 5 times how to make a living in the arts. Well, I do work in the arts, graphic artist, effects artist, sculptor and makeup artist… I work in whatever medium will get the job done (and pay the rent
So to you young'ns on my friends list or just watching one of my portfolio pages I have to say… just don't give up. That's it really, just don't quit. I'm sure all of you are talented, you've been working on your creative skills since you were a kid most likely… well, that isn't the most important thing if what you want to do is make a living in the arts. All those art majors that graduate each year are looking for the same thing and they're all talented too. What they don't all have tho is patience. To be a professional you don't really have to be the best, you just have to out last most of those other starving artists out there. If what you're into is the purity of your "art" and not selling out or whatever, that's cool. If that's your priority you can have that… if you want to be able to make a living in the arts, that's different. It's not one or the other of course, just different. I think the worst thing you can do is set one of those deadlines for "making it". I've heard it many times before, "if I can't support myself in two years than I'll get a real job". Life doesn't work on your schedule, and what takes months for one might take years for someone else even they they might be more talented… it just happens. So stay with it every day. If you're a graphic artist, practice every day. if you're a writer, write every day (a few years of three hours of practice every day will make almost anyone good at their chosen medium
So hang in there my friends! When i'm working on a big sculpt with great people in the middle of the night and cool music is playing and all is right with the world, I get to think " AND i'm getting paid for this"