Anyone who is passionate about art, knows that this is not a very financially rewarding career at the onset. You need to not only establish yourself, you need to be good enough that people are willing to pay their hard earned money for your products. When you are still in high school you simply think that once you finish your senior year you will be able to get work in any art studio and start making the big bucks. This journey is much more difficult than you imagine.
In order to get myself in the best possible position to earn more money, I need to secure an art degree. In order to get an art degree, i needed to go to a great art school. I lived with my mother, who supported three kids on a waitress salary, she was in no position to send me to any college let alone an expensive art school. I could see in her eyes that it broke her heart that she couldn’t help me with my dreams, but I had a plan. My art teacher told me that I should enter some art contest to win prize money for my tuition. She them pointed me in the direction of art scholarships.
I had no idea what an art scholarship was, but the top prize was definitely enough to get me to take notice. Here was the opportunity I needed to further my education and get my degree, putting me in the best position possible to start earning top dollar in this highly competitive field. I entered these scholarships and really took the time to focus on exactly they required. I got my mother to help me with the scholarships, having her critique my work and help me to craft the final result so it was the best possible work I could produce.
We got second place prize money on one scholarship, and were still waiting to here from one of the larger programs. They called my mother at work to tell her that not only did I win, they were going to pay for my school, my supplies, and my training materials too. I was going to live the dream, all in part to the generous scholarships that are waiting for talented individuals to take advantage of today. I owe everything I have to these programs, and I tell students I come in contact with each day that they need to focus on those programs to get the best possible education available.