I don’t know about you, but...
When someone rolls their eyes and makes a comment about “how impossible it is to land a job after graduating with an arts-related degree, I want to cringe.
Yeah, and those comments about how tough all the other majors are compared to an arts major:
I’ve heard those too. :-/
I heard it when I was in school. My daughter (fine art photography) hears it now.
And we hear it primarily from my husband and son, both engineers!
Yes, we’re all pretty much complete polar opposites at our house.
However, when talking about future jobs and livelihoods, there is hope for those seeking employment in an artistic field. I’ve been catching glimpses about what to expect in the years to come from an assortment of articles - about trends in business and employment and entrepreneurship that give me much hope for my future, for my daughter’s future.
(And the moment I’ll really be able to see the tide turning: when I can make the kind of money my husband earns. Then I’ll be dancing on cloud nine doing my “I told you so” dance! ;-)
Okay, so it might not happen in the next 10 years, but I do believe those who work in creative, custom services should feel hopeful, optimistic.
My optimism: It started when I recognized what I know to be true now:
More and more people, from all income bracket levels, are calling me everyday for interior design advice and projects. No longer is a designer’s expertise just for the rich, the top 1- 2% of society. Everyone wants good design!
Whether it’s in the cars they drive, the cell phones they use, the clothing they wear, or the coffee table they put their feet up on, everyone is wanting a well-designed product.
People are appreciating -- no -- demanding good design, custom design, design made to compliment their unique lifestyle.
Really, I’m often quite amazed by their passion. And pleased ;-)
Last fall, when I was working on improving my blog writing skills, I took a webinar from a famous blogger/writer.
I paid her a lot of money to read and critique one, and only one, of my posts. I wanted that personal critique sooo bad! You can take generic seminars and then try to apply their principles all you want, but you don’t know if you’re achieving anything, or getting anything right, until someone who is an expert takes a personal look at what you’re doing.
You would think this would be cause for concern, but I actually smile when I read articles like this one about how, in the future, machines and computers will do more and more for us every day, ultimately making technology responsible for tasks once performed by well-educated, highly-paid individuals.
And this one about how movie storylines will be crafted by computer-driven, data-crunching applications.
But do you know what will remain...?
The unique. The special. The artistic, creative, custom work that people will always crave. The PERSONAL work. The ONE OF A KIND. The idea-generated work that can’t be done by computers!
My daughter told me she gets smiles and all-knowing winks when she responds about her major to other students at school. You know, the old “Hmm, good luck with that” look.
Wanna know how she responds? She says:
“Well, at least I can go out and start my own business, or work freelance, or contract on a job-by-job basis. I have a skill, and my trained-eye will always be able to do something to earn money, whether it's at a full-time job or independently."
I believe this is exactly the wave of the future for both sides of the coin: the artist and the client/customer. As a creative business owner, to design my own future as well as creating something personal for someone else, this is what I crave. This is what many of us crave.
Isn’t this how our country was built?
Independence: the ability to go out and make it on our own; the opportunity to build our own futures...
This is exactly what people want.
Not only is the creative entrepreneur satisfied, but the client is as well. They are getting personal, expert help for their individual projects. Someone that will reach into their lives and design a solution just for them.
I believe that the unique, the special, the art will always survive.