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How can I become a famous painter?

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Elena’s Answer

My father was and still is a famous artist. He never took one college art course. He spent 20 years in the pharmaceutical field as a sales rep, sales manager and VP of sales. One day, he could not spend another day in the industry, and quit his job. He started drawing to try to help his creative side with his new sales job. He had drawn with pencil and charcoal in high school. When he received huge compliments on his work, he decided to market it at art shows and art galleries. It was his sales background and his business background that helped to drive his success. Some people are very talented from birth, and some need years and years of schooling. If you already have the talent, I would suggest you take some business courses. One of the reasons more artists cannot make it is because they don't have the business background to run their art business. It takes talent to paint and draw and photograph, and you can fine tune your talent through courses at community colleges and universities, but it also takes business sense to get your product out to the public and sell it. Even artists need to eat. Some good business courses with your art path will drive success, and also help you to look at different ways to market yourself in different organizations if you don't plan on freelancing.

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Kassi:

This is a good question. . . You've received some great advice already and I'd like to share my experience for your consideration as well. I agree with Elena that some people are very talented from birth, and some need years and years of schooling. I have young nieces that are extremely talented in art from birth (ie, painting, making things (furniture), etc) but, they've chosen a different path as a career. The one thing I had to keep advising my nieces on was to make sure to "SIGN" your name and date the artwork because they would give paintings as gifts without their signature on it. Just make sure that you personalize your paintings with your signature mark, date, etc.

Best of luck to you!

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Cuxan’s Answer

Take painting classes, when you get to college, but also take drawing classes to sharpen up your skills. Take some history of art classes to get inspiration. Talk and make connections with people at your local art galleries.

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