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March 18, 2010

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Aimee

lots of wisdom there, Stephanie! i wholeheartedly agree. it seems like the photography industry is saturated. most people who major in art dabble with several mediums- i have seen some people do some amazing things with mixed mediums (incorporating photography). but even still, as i face my "second adulthood" i have pondered these types of issues. i love art, am artistically inclined, would love to make money at it, but certainly don't want to be pressured to produce for the sake of making money. so, do i major in art because i can, or because i hope to make money at it. i think just like being a "rockstar", it's a dicey situation. the same thing with writing- people tell me i have a huge talent for writing. i love to write as an outlet of expression. words are also a form of art, to be used creatively. but, i would never want to try to make money at it because the pressure to produce, for me, taints the waters and turns them from sweet to bitter. no, thanks. i took Digital Art @ Bakersfield College recently. loved the class! it was FULL all the way through the semester. many of the people enrolled said they wanted to go into CGI, animation, etc.- a lot of "I want to work at Dreamworks". but that particular company only has so many employees. there are many other things a person can do- graphic arts, website design, 3-D modeling, animation, etc. the best thing to do is do what this teen did- ask around and get lots of information!!

Stephanie Deveau

"i love to write as an outlet of expression. words are also a form of art, to be used creatively. but, i would never want to try to make money at it because the pressure to produce, for me, taints the waters and turns them from sweet to bitter.".

You do have a gift for the written word. :)
It will be interesting to see the challenges that face today's youth and those going thru career changes, regardless of age. There seem to be so many opportunities, I just always wonder- for how long. Gone are the days of starting and working your way up a company that you will stay with for life. We teach our kids to follow their passion, but that their passion and interest will change with time. That is a little bit of a contradiction. I definitely agree about talking to several people in a profession you are thinking about. Not just the ones that have been there for a few years, the ones that have been there for decades. They are the ones that can tell you what the industry as whole is looking like. What would they change, and what would they suggest. There is something to be said for wisdom. :)

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