It’s cliché to say, but I’ve always known that I want to be an artist. There has never been a career that has appealed to me as much as being an artist does. When I was little my idea of this was rather romanticized; as an adult the reality is a bit harsher. Of all the career’s available today the arts, whether it be studio or theater or music, has no guarantee of success. There are no promises that a student of the arts will be able to make a living as an artist. Those who do, become entrepreneurs, treating themselves as a business and offering their services. The majority of artists make their living as teachers or in museums while creating their own work on the side.
An artist’s contributions to society and the world are less straight forward. Art is vast in what it can do for people. It is not just a pretty picture on a wall, but a source of relaxation for the viewer, it is a visual record of current events that become history that informs future generations, it is a contributor to the growth of culture and society, and it leads to further understanding of what it is to be human. Art can change the way people think and feel, it can create empathy and understanding between people where none existed before. Art is a bridge that can connect people in a way that no other career can.