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What to do with my life?

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Sodayaka Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
There's a part of me that wants something stable, like an office job or something boring but really secure but another part has been wanting to pursue something creative. I love taking pictures, writing, and drawing but I'm not sure I have the motivation or skill to make a living out of it. I'm a sophomore in high school, and I think I should be more confident in my career choices. Have you ever had to make a choice between your heart and your mind? When I say I want a secure job, it doesn't mean I'd stop being creative. I'm not sure about what I want to do with my life in general.
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kev19180 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hey Sodayaka, I have a solution for you that you may not have thought of.
Me and a few artist friends of mine got the idea to begin creating something called residual income for ourselves and it has been going great. We can do our art and take jobs that we like and MOVE ON with our careers in directions we want because of the money coming in.
It wouldnt serve it justice to explain it all here.. so just send me a note if youre interested, and we can talk about it more personally a bit further. Im here to help you the whole way too.
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kyupol Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
saw your gallery. if youre a sophomore in highschool and youre at that caliber... Id say you got about 2 years to push your art to the next level. then maybe you can land a job in design or something. Good luck.
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Sodayaka Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's so sweet of you, thanks~!
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Most people change their major at least once in college, so don't stress too much about it now.

Never JUST follow your heart. Use a brain as well. Following your heart without listening to your head will get you in hot water.
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EiraSenam Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Don't rush your choices. You are still young, and you're probably going to change a lot over the next few years. If you decide on a path now it might not be the right one, so just live your life for now and figure out what you really want to do when you get older.
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Don't even worry about your career now, you have so many years that even if you find something you are dead set in, life will have a habit of happening on its own. If anything just try to figure yourself out, if you can do that, then later it'll be easier to find what you want to do out.
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PuriPie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Asses your values. Make a choice.
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Lol asses.
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PuriPie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Totally not a spelling mistake.
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DutchConnaisseur Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
I have a secure but a bit boring job and do photography, writing and illustrations in my free time. Works for me, because I don't have the drive to become a pro artist. (And I absolutely don't want to be a starving artist. Living from you art is difficult.)
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Sodayaka Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
If you don't mind my asking, what is your day job?
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DutchConnaisseur Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
IT. I do stuff with computers. A field I ended up by sheer coincidence.
To bad in these times there are no guaranteed jobs. Coming decades a lot of the old jobs will change or disappear due to developments in robotics and smart software.
I hope you will find something. :thumbsup:
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SilenTone64 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
This is something I totally endorse as well. It's a fair option for people who are on the fence with this sort of thing.
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hippo-rim-job Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Security is a good thing. But if the price is doing something that bores you to death, it's really rather pointless.
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Sodayaka Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Not necessarily boring, just something I can travel with and puts food on the table. I think I want to do art on the side.
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hippo-rim-job Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Most people I know who do art, do it on the side.
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Sinister6664life Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
It want until a yeah after I graduated I realized what I wanted to have for an occupation, keep it in mind, it will hit you, my best advice if you want to make a choice, make sure you decide on learning a skill that people "Need"
Like for instance Plumming, auto repair, carpentry, Computer repair (Like me) medical, or maybe accounting.
its best to choose something that will never go away!
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Sodayaka Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That sounds like a great idea! My school has a construction wing, and the options are great because they're really secure and pay well.
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Sinister6664life Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
YUP! BUILD YOU A FUTURE, LITERALLY! HAAAAAUGH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!
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Fuyuko7 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hello again :D
I plan on following my mind rather than my heart, as it seems more stable to follow my mind. :)
I originally wanted to become a art teacher, but since my art grades weren't that great (and I mostly like drawing anime), I've decided to aim to become a Japanese teacher since I'm more better at Japanese than Art.

But I plan on continuing to improve my art, and maybe one day sell my art as a hobby :D


So what I'm trying to say is maybe you could do both?
But one as a serious full-time job, and the other as a hobby?
So you don't have to give up one of them

hope this helps :)
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Sodayaka Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for your reply~
I was originally thinking of following something a bit more rational, I definitely want to do a lot of traveling for sure!
I'm pursuing Japanese, but it's a work in progress!
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Fuyuko7 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:thumbsup:
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FIRSTxAIDxKIT Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You're a sophomore in high school. Enjoy the easy life while you still can; you have a couple of years until you have to start worrying about that stuff, and I even know people in their junior year of college that still don't know what they want to do with their lives. Just keep up your grades in high school and keep an open mind.
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Sodayaka Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the advice!
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