From the beginning I have lived and breathed art. When I was a child you would always find me with a pencil in one hand and paper in the other. When my parents were in the pub I would be in the corner drawing cartoons of the locals in my sketchbook. Its what makes me happy, its what I'm good at.
Being a young person is hard. Especially when your confronted by the older generation who ask you what your doing with your life. Too many times have I told a person that I'm going to be studying Fine Art and there reaction can go either go one of two ways. Way one is supportive, there shocked but also happy that your pursuing something you love and enjoy, wishing you all the luck in the world. Way two on the other hand, is where there face drops, they can't understand why you would want a career in art, after all, you don't make money till after your dead. They ask you what career you could get in art and how profitable it is. This annoys me. I am well aware that art isn't the richest of careers nor is it the easiest to pursue, you have to be self driven. Also, at the age of 19 how the hell am I suppose to know what I'm going to be doing after uni? How are any of us meant to know what we're doing in ten years from now. Decision. Our entire educational life depended on decisions, red pill, blue pill. Everything we choose to do with our lives brings us to where we are now. Art may not be the best career to choose, nor does it give you a easy life style. However, I would much rather paint and do what I love for as long as I can and be happy, than have to work behind a desk day in and day out, stuck in a rut and be miserable. So, here's what suggest. If you want a career in something that is not the most profitable but you can't see yourself doing anything else, do it. Follow your heart, if you enjoy it and it makes you happy then why do anything else. Money may make the world go round, but happiness and love will make your world go round.
After all, it is just another day in the life as the Yorkshire Bookworm,
Till next time,