An artist doesn’t have to spend their whole life wandering aimlessly on a tight budget, dreaming of the day that they have their breakthrough. There are ways to gain stability through creativity. That picture in your head of a sleep deprived painter, living out of his car wondering where his next meal will come from is not always an artists reality. ( It could be, but that is what were trying to avoid here!) Artists, musicians, writers, and photographers can all become educated and make a solid living. It isn’t easy, but it is possible.

Artists

College Art Major - Girl Painting - Artist

So you spent all of high school doodling pictures into your notebook, instead of listening to what the teacher was saying? No worries. You can become an educated artist, and there are some careers that do exist for your talents. There are many art schools littered throughout the country, but you don’t need to go to a school that specializes in art to make good on your artistic talents.  Some careers with earning potential, that will take advantage of your abilities are cartoon animator, architecture, interior design,graphic design, and curator. Artists who also have a passion for video games, may find the newly popular online degree in video game design appealing.

Musicians

College Student Playing Guitar - College Musician

Are you in a band that is struggling to make ends meet? Are you one single-digit audience away from smashing your guitar into pieces? You don’t have to give up on your dreams of turning music into your life’s work just because your band can’t push through. You may not be going on tour, performing in front of thousands of screaming fans, but you can be a bread winner.  There are many degrees you can obtain in music that can lead to a promising career including Sound Engineering, Music Education, or a more general Bachelors of Music. When you get down to it, there are more ways than you realize to turn music from a hobby to a career, you just have to work at it.

Writers

College Student Writing - Writer

If getting your thoughts down on paper puts you at ease, and you have a way with your words, a career in writing may be perfect for you. You don’t have to write a NY  Times best seller to be considered a successful and accomplished writer. You can put your skills to use, and earn a steady paycheck by studying journalism,communications,or professional writing in college. Becoming a journalist isn’t always easy, but you can make a living doing it. There are a lot of freelance opportunities that exist for writers if you are unable to secure a full-time position. You can be an advertising writer, PR writer, or you could even follow in the footsteps of Longfellow Deeds and write greeting cards.

Photographers

College Girl Taking Photographs - Photographer

Photography can be studied in college, and the average hourly earnings for a professional currently sit at $14/hr. Earning a degree in photography gives you an inside track to being hired by a company or for independent work. A snapshot of your future may not have you raking in a ton of money, but you will most likely be able to make a living if you work hard. This is probably the hardest art form to break into, but with talent and perseverance you can make it happen. Jobs are available in fashion,sports, and event photography among others. A lot of people decide to do photography on the side, apart from their full-time job, and this is probably the safest route to take. Don’t let me shoot down your dreams though, obviously full-time photographers exist, and I am a believer in mind over matter: If you believe you can do it, you will do it. It’s all mental, ladies and gentleman. (My box set of inspirational audio tapes will be on QVC soon).

How have you turned your passion into a paycheck?