Friday, April 3, 2009

Wondering about Art

art on the brain
work by Guilherme Marconi

I enjoy making blog entries but I've found that coming up with topics to post about is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I haven't done so in while, but after attending a very interesting talk today and reading other entries, I now have something in mind.

It is now the time for advising for the classes we will take next semester. Though I have a good idea of what classes I'll be taking, I've been bothered by other thoughts about the "somewhat" near future. I'll be a junior next semester and in 2 more years I'll be flung into real world. I'm not exactly sure what I'm suppose to do after that. I'd love to get my dream job in the art industry, but the thought of this economic situation we are in makes me rather queasy. I don't know if I'll be ready to compete for my bread and butter in a world full of many other talented individuals. I feel like my bachelors degree isn't enough. All these worries sometimes make me have doubts about whether I could survive and be successful as an artist.

I love art and can't imagine anything else I'd be good at doing...I think it's a career that gives me the most creative freedom. But how do you know if something is meant for you? I hope I'm not delusional in my pursuit. During my advising I wanted to ask my adviser about her experience working in a publishing company, and what I need to do to get into something like that. Although I didn't really get a chance to ask her. I was however, able to attend a lecture talk by Adam Burke this afternoon. He is an animator for Pixar. It was a very insightful talk in which he described the many processes of creating an animated film, the perks, and how a student can become an animator. The talk seemed to inspire something in me. From everything that he described, I knew that I wanted to do the same (or something similar). His job is just so much fun and also very rewarding, and I know that creating art in some form is something I want to do. I guess I just need some reassurance that I'm doing the right thing for myself. Also after reading some blog entries I definitely know that I share the same passions as others.

I wonder if other art students feel worried about life after college? It can be a scary thought. I just know above all we have to do the things we love the most.


  1. Tiffany, yes, your thoughts and fears surely are valid--especially in our current economic climate. I agree that passion is key--especially because passion can get you through the rough times as an artist. Knowing that you are doing what you have to do in a way, that there is not other option can sometimes bring clarity and resolve when you are perhaps doing the work that will perhaps yield the job you are after--or if you are in a job initially that isn't ideal BUT you've got hope that wherever you are is not forever. I've been in both places--waiting, and also in a job that wasn't my ideal (quite a long way from it actually) but over time...things started to come together.
    Working intensely hard, being willing to suspend cultural expectations in terms of timing, awareness of one's field, and well, passion--all are so key in any art field. And hope too...

  2. Yeah I guess sometimes I feel like things have to be either be one way or the other. Although in reality things change fairly easily, and it seems only time will reveal what is right for a person.