nekodomo asked: If I may ask, Was it worth going to art school? Are you still in debt because of it? And how long did it take you to find any employment after graduation? I'm currently a high school senior who wants to pursue a career in graphic design... but I have family telling me that the debt I will be in after finishing 4 years will be too much to pay off with a career in the arts. I simply need some words of advice from one of my favorite illustrators <3 thank you!
Ah, a serious question!
First off, you’re going to be in debt after college no matter what you major in. That’s kind of just the way University works these days. I personally think it’s most important to go to school for the career YOU want.
Art is an interesting career in that you CAN succeed in it even without going to college for it. However, from personal experience, I do not regret a single day of Art school. I learned so much, things you just can’t learn by yourself. It was a very valuable experience to me and I grew a lot as an artist through that. (I went to Ringling College of Art and Design, located in Sarasota, Florida and majored in Illustration.)
I had no issues with employment. I was already working in my field of choice before I finished graduating. If you are a very hard worker, and you get busy promoting yourself and always try to find new work and new projects to do, then I believe you will succeed. But it isnt the most stable of businesses, so always make sure to save as much money as you can. Freelancing can be a scary world, but a very, very fun and free one.