Avoid Becoming a “Starving Artist”

No matter where you’re from, where you go, or what you do, you’ve probably heard of the “Starving Artist.” If you’re an art major like I am, or possibly thinking about becoming one, chances are that you’re worried about having a job once you graduate. You’ve probably heard other majors joke at you like, “Well at least I’ll have a job when I graduate!” Maybe you don’t even know where to start.

Something great about Cumberland is that we offer a variety of art classes. From sculpting to paper making, painting to ceramics, you can look around many mediums to see what you like best. We also offer neon classes, something few colleges across the U.S. offer. We offer a Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts, and you get to pick your emphasis! You can choose between Entertainment Design, Digital Photography, Painting, Sculpture, Studio Art, or Art Education. If you want to come back for your Master’s, we do offer a Master’s of Studio Art!

As for furthering your career as an artist, remember these tips:

  1. Don’t expect to make it right away. Start making a name for yourself in your hometown, then try getting clients from larger areas. It will take some time, but don’t get discouraged!
  2. Be an individual. If your art looks exactly like everyone else’s, what makes it unique? We all have unique tastes and experiences that no one else has. How do you see the world? Let that reflect in your art.
  3. Work outside of class. Keep a sketchbook and make a habit to draw everyday. Look for internships, try selling work, etc. Practice, practice, practice!
  4. Be professional. Make a free website with your art on it on Wix, or get a few business cards. Open an online shop like Etsy! Be friendly to all your clients, but always be professional. Let them know you’re serious.
  5. Do what you love. Explore a variety of mediums, and if you find your niche, keep at it! Never let someone discourage you from art if you’re serious about an art career.

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