I was talking to someone about my degree when they asked, “Well how many of them are still shooting today?” (Regarding the number of people that I graduated with.) Thinking about it, there are 3 of us out a few hundred still shooting after 6 years. The odds are against you, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a go.
The unfortunate part is that my story isn’t anecdotal. There are statics everywhere at show out of the millions that graduate with art degrees a vast majority of them within 5 years are out of the industry. By ten years there are very little left standing.
I’m not going to lie to you and say it’s been easy. That would be the furthest from the truth. There have been time I wanted to quit, but I know I hate myself for the rest of my life.
Why I’ve stayed and will continue to stay, I love art and the creative process more than anything in life and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. It doesn’t matter to me that it’s a hard, nonstop criticism, continuously educating yourself and clients, and having to be everything from your own P.R. to the asshole businessman. What can I say? Being in this industry is hard but very rewarding.