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should I turn my hobby into a career?

I enjoy drawing stylized anime art, but I'm not sure if I want to turn it into a career path for myself. I am passionate about my art as well.

Thank you comment icon I think if you really love drawing anime art it could be a career. Just think to yourself Is this what I want to do for a living? You could have a career in the field of animation, illustration, or manga novels. Who knows, maybe you might make an anime tv show. If you do decide that you want this as a career, make sure you practice everyday. You'll have to commit and it will be hard work. Nothing comes easy. I wish you luck on your career journey. maddie

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Harish’s Answer

The job market for art is rough; there are only a few full-time jobs compared to how many people want to become artists, this is the brutal reality of being an artist (only the very best artists make a living from art).

Butttttt, you can definitely become an artist in your spare time. Make sure to pursue another major/career with strong market demand for your full-time job, and then make art in your free time. You'll make some money from art, while making plenty of money with your main job.

So, don't turn your hobby into a career unless you are in the top 1% or 0.1% of artists in the US, and can directly see yourself making a strong career from art. Art is simply a tough market to be in, and 99% of artists shouldn't rely on it for a full-time job. It's very fickle, similar to any other career in the entertainment industry.
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Kruti’s Answer

It is something to pursue, if you feel financially strapped you always have the option to pursue another source of income via a job but still be able to pursue a career in what you love.
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Haley’s Answer

Content is becoming increasingly critical in marketing, and that includes the visual creative pieces. You could absolutely become an in-house illustrator or work at a marketing agency and do illustrations for a variety of clients if that interests you. The downside is you don't have full creative control since you have to do your art for someone else who has a specific goal in mind. But the fun side is you get to learn how to make your art effective. Maybe it's to help people learn a concept, represent a brand, speak to a certain type of audience, or appeal to a very broad audience. It's the business side to art.

If you wanted to do freelance, there are platforms where artists can post their work and companies can buy art files or a whole library (stock). You may have noticed many companies are using the same illustration style right now -- it's because there aren't a ton of great illustration libraries out there so we're using the best that we can get. Companies would love having more options!
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. It is very important you to work on the career you have interest. Imagine that you have to work on the jobs 8-10 everyday and 5 days every week in average, it is really a pain if you don't like the job. Also, you would not have the passion on the job. It is difficult for you to advance your career without passion.
There are careers relating on anime art. There are publishers on anime art . Also, there are many movie companies would turn the comics into movies. These industries need many art talents.
If you would like to pursue your career in the industry, you can attend short courses on anime art now. Also, do more practice yourself. Practise makes perfect. Also, you can explore the entry criteria of the colleges on relevant subjects, e.g. art & design, animation & design, etc.
Suggest you can also explore any intern opportunities in the comic publishers or animation production companies.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Mojibola’s Answer

Well, I believe strongly that you don't have to limit yourself to a particular career. This is what I mean: it's not enough to be limited to a career because you have the capacity to do a lot of things but I will suggest if you are not into any career path yet, start with that and build capacity since your are passionate about it.

Turning your passion to profit is an amazing idea in the dispensation. So all you need is to understand how to turn it to profit.
And if you already have a career path, you can add to it. You have become an entrepreneur!
So your income is not unidirectional 😄 but multi directional.

Personally I love to teach and I saw myself move from teaching in colleges to teaching shoemaking and the experience has been awesome so build capacity!

Above all trust God to guide you and get a business coach to guide you on how to turn your passion to profit!
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Kayla, thank you for your question. Only you can answer that question I would suggest to you before you make such a drastic decision you may want to ask yourself a few hard questions. First of all, a hobby is something you do for enjoyment, something to help you relax are you really ready to give that up? Secondly right now you feel your work might be good enough to make a living wage, my question is having thought about the effect that being under a deadline would mean to the integration of your work. Lastly, I would like for you to consider, if you do make this move make it gradually in case you change your mind you will be able to walk away from the business end and pick it back up as a hobby. Best of luck
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