I posted this before but I will post this again here:
The state of reality may not be as fair to artists like us [link] but I read that it would be best to combine your love of art with very marketable skills. Currently, I am an studio art major, probrably one of the worst college majors you will find on Forbes.com. To counter this, I would like to major in buisiness or marketing (Marketing is a vocational major right?) as a second major.
I am starting an art portfolio and hoping for the best in the meantime. By the way, do you have a portfolio? I am 100 % sure that every artist needs one, you will have to show your art samples to employers.
Also, depending on what you're using your portfolio for, you want to tailor it to that. Like if you are applying to an art school, remove all the anime and cartoon drawings, even if you consider them to be your best. The only exception is if you're applying to be a comic/cartoon major, to which I would leave maybe one or two in. Art schools want to see lots of observational drawing that show a good understanding of the fundamentals.
But that said, if you're applying for a graphic design job, having all of your observational still lives and nude model drawings probably won't help very much!
Think of your portfolio as a type of visual/artistic resume.
If you are going to college for a BFA art degree, you must have a strong portfolio. Schools that offer art degrees without asking to see a portfolio generally raise a lot of red flags, unless it's a two year college or a BA in art. As a general thing though, you can only get your art BA in very general fields like graphic design or studio art and will require different things than if you were to get your BFA in those subjects. I'd say almost every art college offers only BFA's, unless it's something like "Art Education".
If you're interested in make up, you could look into make up art or special effects make up. I know there's a field geared toward medical illustration, which would be illustrating bones and other body parts.