1. How important is talent?

2. Is it possible to make a living in art and if so, how can one go about it?

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1. How important is talent?
We all had math class in school. In class there were some kids who easily understood math and others who struggled. Yet everyone learned the material and became competent at math. Similarly, most people have some aptitude for art. Some people learn the skills easily and others have to work hard, but both levels can become good artists. Here is an interesting thing about talent. Some of the most talented students DO NOT become the best artists. Why? Because success is not just about talent. It is also dependent upon discipline, persistence, and a willingness to learn. Without these traits a student will only get so far. Conversely, a student lacking in artistic ability but having incredible work ethic will go very far! Talent is a great gift and most people have some level of it, but it is only one factor. In the past 20 years I have found that any student who loves to draw and works hard can become a successful, competent artist.

Is it possible to make a living in art and if so, how can one go about it?
The answer is yes! Normally an interested student begins by developing a portfolio in order to get accepted to Art College. He then researches art colleges that offer a major he finds interesting . After being accepted and working hard in college for three years, he will "intern". This means he will get a job (paid or unpaid) at a business where he can learn and observe how the respective business works. Upon graduation he will apply to various jobs and eventually secure one. Based on his ability and work ethic he may continue to rise in his field and may even start his own business. Is it easy? Just like any career, being successful takes persistence and hard work. But if the student stays with it he will be rewarded with a satisfying, life-long career. To find out more, please give us a call.