How to Become a Professional Artist:

Do you know what you want to do with your life? Have you ever felt your dreams and goals of becoming a professional artist are nearly impossible? Today’s article is going to try to help you make that dream a reality (or, a closer reality if you’re too young to have a career). We’ll be talking about the technical sides of having this as a job (classes you need to take, degrees you need to earn, etc.) and the more motivational side such as how to earn a good living with this job.

First off,  there are a couple classes you need to make sure you take in high school. Although it depends on which course you take exactly in the arts/fine arts section, most of them require you to have a 30 level Pre-Calculus or Foundations Math course, and a 30 level English course. You also need to have your high school diploma to get into these courses. Along with all these things, most of these courses require you to put together a portfolio showcasing some of your artwork. The University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina both offer great courses in the arts and fine arts field of study.

Now that you know the specifics of getting the job, the next goal is to stay motivated and figure out how to earn enough money in your job. One of the greatest things you can do with the job of an artist is be weird! Originality and weirdness is the one of the best qualities an artist can have as it makes their work different and unique when compared to others. This attracts people, and in the end it will probably make you earn more money. Another big thing an artist needs to have is the right mindset for the job. There are quite a few challenges that come along with a job like this, and you need to be prepared on how to handle them in a healthy way! You need to be able to take constructive criticism in a healthy way as well, as this will help you learn and grow in your career.

In the end, this article was only a small glimpse into what the job of an artist is all about, but I hope it was able to give you some valuable information about the skills and academic elements you need to follow this career path! There’s a lot more to being an artist than what meets the eye, and it takes a lot of skills and dedication. It’s definitely a challenging road, but the benefits to this job and getting to do what you love every day is worth it!

Sources:

http://learn.org/articles/Artist_How_to_Become_a_Professional_Artist_in_5_Steps.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelhennessey/2013/04/02/3-keys-to-making-it-as-an-artist-without-starving/#663a53f75254

http://www.sasktel.com/wps/wcm/connect/924b4537-b266-412a-8e2b-00d56b3f159d/university-regina-campus.png?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=924b4537-b266-412a-8e2b-00d56b3f159d

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