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Is it really and truly possible to succeed in a solid career and also pursue other dreams in a completely different field such as art?

I really like art, but I don't know if I want to major in it, but I sure don't want to give it up either. I would like a steady and decent paying job but also to keep up with my art skills. #counselor #carter #personal-development #art

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Marilyn’s Answer

I majored in a field that included art but gave me a secure field to begin. I was a teacher and then found that I enjoyed counseling, so I went back to school for my Master's Degree in counseling Psychology. I had a great career and when I took early retirement, I went back to school for art and have been pursuing my art ever since. It was a long time in coming, but I enjoyed all the fields i experienced and feel they all enriched my background. Best of luck!

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Andy’s Answer

Hi Cassidy,

That's a great question. I can tell you from personal experience that it is possible to work a job while still pursuing your passions. It's all a matter of time management and prioritization.

I worked as a manager in information technology (IT) for 4 years while I worked on my Master of Fine Arts degree. It was supposed to be a 2 year program but I worked full time and went to classes part time. It was tough and a lot of work. Balancing work, school, and personal life wasn't easy and I had to make some tough choices.

Now I work in the video games industry doing illustrations and concept art. And even now I make sure to set aside time to work on personal projects to continue to explore my creativity.

Don't give up your dreams, your passion. It'll be hard work but, in the end, it'll be worth it.

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It is clear that the journey to a creative career is not always clear cut. A Fine Art degree is not always necessary. Related degrees (Graphic Design, Animation, Computer Science, Web Design, Architecture, Marketing, Business) and/or skill-based courses – among many others – may also lead to successful outcomes

Top Ten Careers in Arts and Humanities
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Careers for arts and humanities lovers span many fields, from photography to interior design. Keep reading to learn more about potential job options related to the liberal arts.

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1. Photographer
Do you enjoy taking pictures of people, things, or places? Perhaps you enjoy flipping around your camera and trying new angles and lighting techniques to capture an incredible picture? If so, you may consider becoming a photographer. Depending on how far your passion and expertise go, you may even be qualified for TV, film, or production work.

  1. Educator
    Are you interested in teaching others? Do you love sharing new information and enhancing the learning experiences of students? If so, you may want to become an educator with a specialization in different arts and humanities subjects, such as history, sociology, philosophy, or political science. Teachers at the elementary and secondary levels usually need a bachelor's degree and a teaching license. College professors typically hold doctoral degrees, though some teachers at community colleges only have master's degrees.

  2. Editor
    Do you have strong writing skills and a solid command of English grammar and syntax? If so, becoming an editor may be a wise choice. These professionals proofread and revise content for publishing houses, websites, blogs, newspapers, and magazines.

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4. Graphic Designer
Do you love creating images on your computer to convey a message more effectively? If so, graphic design allows you to combine art and technology. You may be hired to design images for books, magazines, movies, ads, or menus.

  1. Fashion Designer
    Fashion designers are responsible for creating clothing of all types, from everyday outfits to glamorous runway couture. In addition to drafting designs, these professionals might work to secure materials, fabricate clothing, and oversee other aspects of production.

  2. Historian
    Historians specialize in the past, but that doesn't mean they aren't extremely important in contemporary life. In fact, historians play a vital role in all kinds of vibrant industries that rely on the analysis of society, politics, and culture. Many professionals work in museums, historical archives, libraries, and universities.

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7. Musician
Maybe forming a band and moving to New York is a dream you gave up in your teens. Well, reawaken the dream! Regardless of your musical interests, there are options beyond playing coffeehouses for tips. Many musicians work with major media and entertainment firms, often performing behind the scenes and doing production work. Musicians may also teach others and perform at special events, such as weddings and professional conferences.

  1. Writer
    The writing craft takes many forms in the professional world. While it would be great to devote months to writing the Great American novel, most writers actually spend their time creating content for various print and multimedia publications. Some professionals also work as technical writers or communications personnel in corporate settings.

  2. Sociologist
    Do you constantly think about how the world functions and how to better it? Do you enjoy studying human behavior and how society affects us? Sociologists inform the public about an issue or implement changes in workplaces, governments, or communities. Sociologists who hold a doctoral degree can also teach at colleges and universities. Related career fields include social work and survey research.

  3. Artist
    Do you love creating pottery, paintings, sculptures, or other pieces of art? You might consider working as an artist either freelance or for a design-oriented organization. Some artists also teach at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary levels.