I am an amature artist and I am keen to take it up as my career. I am also doing MBA. Should I take art foregoing my MBA? Can you help me? How should I go about it?
To develop your career in art, one generally has to struggle a lot initially. Financially, you may not be in a good position until you make a name for yourself and your work starts getting a good price in the market. To make the initial years less troublesome, you can follow one of the following two options:
Option 1: Try for a job as an artist/ visualiser. You can get a job with art studios, advertising agencies, creative consultants, newspapers, magazines and book publishing houses. Make your own portfolio (containing the best of your work) and start applying. Simultaneously, start approaching art galleries, agents and promoters to organise your exhibition. Identify organisations which promote young artists. The best way to make yourself known is through exhibitions. Once you get a job, forego your MBA.
Option 2: Don’t forego your MBA immediately. Complete your MBA and then get a job. Once you are secure in the job, make your portfolio and start scouting for art galleries, agents, and promoters to organise your exhibition. Identify organisations which promote young artists. Start doing the exhibitions taking occasional breaks from work. Once you are satisfied that you are earning enough from art to sustain yourself, leave the job and devote yourself to it full time.