How is an art career seen?

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I really didn’t know how to word it. Basically in the next month or so i will have to start the whole UCAS process into different Universities. I feel like people are looking down on me, both students and teachers, at the fact that i want to do either fine art or illustration at Uni. I’m predicted 4 A’s at A levels so people are expecting me to go on to do something in maths or whatever. My teachers were also hoping i’d look into Cambridge/Oxford. But i don’t know, even though i’m doing well, i don’t enjoy any subject other than art.

Should i go with what i want to do and go down the art career path? or do you think that would be a waste because of the grades i’m predicted? I don’t know what to do anymore, people’s negative views have completely swayed me.

Category: Tags: asked May 11, 2013

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Follow your passion. Money will always be there and if you are as smart as you and others believe you to be, you should have no issue going back at another time for something more financially stable. Art gets a bad rap because everyone is focused on making a lot of money as opposed to actually loving what they do even if the money isn't there. That's the difference between a job and a career; you rarely hear people say they don't feel like going to "career" in the morning.

If you chase the money or ideal "stability" and not your passion, you'll look back one day and wish you had. Passion fades over time, so take advantage of it while you have it.
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All I can say to you is; Follow your passion!
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Follow your passion. If you get the chance to study something you like your parents friends and teachers should be pleased for you. It is an important decision to make but only one of many you will have in life, don't give yourself any regrets in not doing something because of feeling that others think you should do different. I work in education and if a student came to me in your position I would be 100% supportive and I'm sure yours would be too. Academic grades are good but not the be all and end all. I would suggest taking a look at Sir Ken Robinson's book called 'The Element' it is about following your passion and embracing your own talents. There are also some inspiring lectures from him on ted.com ultimately it is your life, live it for you. I wish you well in your Ucas applications. Any questions feel free to ask.
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I suggest you to follow your passion and dream. I paint too! My society doesn't support me with it, they expect more on me but my dad somehow support me with this. So, just follow your dream. If you love art, you'll be the great artist. :) Just be in love with what you're doing and don't stop trying
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Well. You could, possibly, double major and allow the math to float you along in your art endeavors--if you're doing traditional illustration, maybe a really good idea. As far as the prejudice, it sounds like that's a lot of people placing their dreams and expectations onto you. If they themselves are in the math field, they probably see your skill and wish it was theirs, seeing how valuable it is. We're multi-faceted beings. We can be good at a couple things and when it comes time to decide which to pursue--well, one will get developed and the others not. Had you chosen math rather than art, art would be neglected instead. While I haven't endured the same pressure you have, I'm going into to be an art major eventually, as well. I'm of the opinion art is a magnificent calling, process, and trade and I'll be damned if I let anyone demean it. Best of wishes, fellow artist! ~Snow