Hi! I am 13 but want to pursue either Cartooning or Writing – Should I go to College?
Hi IMSpiderman – Had to help with an answer here as Spiderman is MY favorite superhero too (Assuming he is Your favorite? I like Batman, also) I am not an artist by any stretch, but can help here. First, I would say your talents will always take you far if you allow them to. I have friends who have been successful without attending college, but they hustle (very active in trying to share their work); oftentimes – and other friends I have – they have day jobs to pay the bills, but continue to pursue their interests (Writing, Art, etc) on the side. College will provide additional opportunities. More places to show your work and continue to grow as an artist or writer. And if you find that it’s not what you want to do for a career, but as more of a passion or hobby, atleast you can finish with a College Degree. Getting into the workforce it is more and more important to have a College education. There are a lot of positives in attending college even if you do become a successful cartoonist or writer. Follow your dreams, but have the safety net of college just in case. Additionally, if you cannot be swayed and do not want to attend a traditional college with curricula in business, management, nursing, or some other genre there are dedicated Art schools. You like Cartooning, as an example, but maybe it could help you get more well-rounded with other mediums: Watercolor, Oil Painting, sculpture, etc. Definitely another opportunity, but both a traditional college or art school (or even a community college to test the waters) are better pathways to success versus not going to College at all. Just my opinion of course, but hope you continue to follow your dreams. Never give up! Best of luck to you.
Hi! I wanted to respond, too. It never hurts to further education. I am an Arts teacher and admittedly always knew I would become one, but still was sure I needed to get a college education. I majored in Art History, which isn’t the most marketable but it was / is my interest and I had talent for drawing and the fine arts. Do something that compliments your interests and DON’T give up on your interests. Example: You like Cartooning, go for Advertising or Communications – Graphic Design, BUT continue to nurture your main interest of becoming a cartoonist. You are just making yourself more marketable. I did history, because as a teacher it is important to understand origin. I could have majored strictly in Art, but Art History just makes (made) me more rounded. Good luck IMSpiderman. Keep pursuing your passions!