Don’t give up on your passions–keep exploring art even after school! Painting, photography, weaving, music, and writing (amongst so many other art forms) art important to society and culture and it is crucial that all of us continue to contribute our talents to each other for the education of the whole. Especially once you start working a regular job it is difficult to find time to practice those artistic endeavors that you love, but that difficulty does not diminish their importance. Here are 3 ways to continue being an artist even once you are working for a non-artistic company.
- It’s been a hard day at the office, restaurant, or store. All you want to do is clock out, drive home as quickly as possible, kick off your shoes and relax. Though this is definitely a good option and should be taken sometimes, it’s crucial to occasionally find time, like going to the gym, to take a picture or draw something. You never really feel like it, and if you took art in school doing it on your own time is different because now you won’t have deadlines for critiques. Still, you are your only competition. Try to find time for the things you love, and maybe schedule it in like you would any other errand. You may find that once you just start diving into your favorite activity, even though you didn’t feel like it when you started, you get too really enjoy yourself as you go.
- Involve yourself in artistic communities. Join a book club, take the 365 challenge on Instagram (where you take a new picture every day through the year); even do something simple and fun like the wine and painting classes that happen in every town! There are all sorts of communities in place for you to join and be productive artistically. These sorts of groups guide you and keep you accountable, and help you set goals for yourself and for each other.
- Shop well! Try Shutterfly for amazing prices on photo prints. You can sell prints like these, paintings, poems, or whatever you produce to try to make a little profit off of your artwork so that you feel incentive to keep going. Get sales and discounts whenever you can to keep yourself motivated to buy, create, and sell.