Will I be financially stable, and even successful, as an art major?

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Posted by jacob (MONEY FORUMS: 2, Answers: 0)
Asked on September 8, 2015 1:26 pm
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A big part of that will be chasing where you live and budgeting your money very wisely. Frugality will be key until you can kickstart your art career, and until then it might be wise to pick up a part time job to help cover your expenses.

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Posted by Sydney Allen (MONEY FORUMS: 4, Answers: 1)
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A college major won't decide your destiny. No one walks into a job interview and says, "I studied xyz, now give me a job." Life isn't that simple. I'd much rather hire an art major with a work ethic than a business major who feels entitled.
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Posted by Will (MONEY FORUMS: 0, Answers: 18)
Answered: September 27, 2015 5:39 pm
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Certainly! I think the key is to know how to market your skills and talents. You don't want to be the type of artist who sits on the side of the street and tries to sell art. You should take some business and marketing classes along with your art classes to learn how to successfully market your talent.
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Posted by Catherine Alford (MONEY FORUMS: 0, Answers: 23)
Answered: September 26, 2015 5:06 pm
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Yes! I was a music major in college, and I would never take that back. First of all, I was and am happy working in fine arts. I personally think that sacrificing wealth for happiness is always worth it! Do what makes you happy first and foremost. And as you are college student, make a plan. One of the things I have picked up is that becoming financially stable is subjective. I know a very successful artist who spent the first five years out of college working a desk job while painting and showing his work at night. All of his extra money went towards his student and car loan. After everything was paid off, he moved to a small studio in Baltimore and lived off of his art. Sometimes, when he couldn't sell his art, he lived off of Ramen. Other nights, he ate lobster and went out on the town. After ten years of living like this, he has museum showings, travels the world with his portfolio, and has commissions for the next year. And he's still debt free with investments and property he has purchased by continuing to live frugally as if he was still that starving artist! It took so much work to be able to live this life, but he managed to shape his life around his passion. That is stability! But if you want to make a plan, you may also want to consider looking at what you can do with your talents. Love digital art? Look into graphic design! A painter? Check out mural work. While you don't have to have a backup or fall back plan, it is always a great idea to have skills you can use in case you need them or you just want a little shift in direction. Keep making art! Keep dreaming! It will fall together as long as you work hard and plan ahead.
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Posted by Michelle Diamond (MONEY FORUMS: 0, Answers: 26)
Answered: September 24, 2015 10:44 pm
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