Good Afternoon. I want to tell you real quick about a cool opportunity I have this afternoon. North High School’s after school program holds a weekly career panel in which they invite members of the community to talk to the kids about career paths they might not have considered before.
At 4 today, I get to go over there and talk to the students about what it’s like to be a professional artist. I am very excited about this, because there are a number of things I would have loved to know when I was young enough to prepare myself. For example, I used to think I just had to be a good artist. In the past few years, I have learned a LOT about entrepreneurship. I WISH someone had told me about that when I was starting out.
I have had to learn about marketing, pricing my pieces, following up on leads, just to name a few things. Most of it has taken me out of my comfort zone and has been quite frustrating. I’m used to it now. Any student considering an art career, unless they are looking to break into a pre-existing industry, should know that being an artist means being an entrepreneur. It is hard work, but bit is also very rewarding.
I obviously have no photos of the event, so please enjoy my latest drawing for Inktober: Misty Knight.