Does Art as a career hold a
bright future for kids in India?

Updated on October 2021

When talking about Art as a career option, it’s not the general subject of Arts, but fine arts or drawing that we are referring to, here. Drawing and painting were once considered only a hobby and seen as an uncertain profession in terms of earnings and struggle. Though the perspective has changed in that context and more and more people are pursuing their passion for visual art as a full time career, it is still worth considering both pros and cons of studying arts before making any final decision.

The most crucial time for deciding this is when a student is about to enter their college. So if your kid is considering joining art classes or looking for digital art courses to make a career in this field, you must keep certain factors in mind. Let’s discuss both the sides of the coin in detail.

Advantages of choosing a career in arts-

1. Flexible work schedule

Being an artist gives one the flexibility of working on a flexible schedule as a freelancer or owning a business in arts such as a gallery, studio, etc. Artists can work at the comfort of their home studio with the privilege of working at their preferred time. They may opt for a short or a long break on weekdays, weekends, some days at a stretch or any way they like.

2. Enjoy one’s work

Being an artist gives one the flexibility of working on a flexible schedule as a freelancer or owning a business in arts such as a gallery, studio, etc. Artists can work at the comfort of their home studio with the privilege of working at their preferred time. They may opt for a short or a long break on weekdays, weekends, some days at a stretch or any way they like.

3. Freedom of Expression

A career in arts can give freedom to express oneself artistically. Drawing, painting, graphic designing all fields bring out one’s inner creativity about anything. It also imparts an opportunity to polish the skills and creative side.

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4. Variety of career platforms

The arts career is not just limited to painting and drawing. Technological advancements have opened various platforms such as advertising, graphic design, marketing, desktop publishing, and video game development. Some of these subfields have highly paid jobs due to high demand.

5. No cap on work or Earnings

Unlike other career roles, there is no limit for the jobs you can take up or the money you can earn through your artistic skill. Also there is no retirement age for an artist and he/she can work as long as they want, raising their potential for making great income.

6. Being one’s own Boss

An artist can believe in their own talents and create something out of nothing and thus be your own boss. A freelance artist is not answerable to anyone and can work the way they like without any external interference or pressure.

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Just like the many advantages of pursuing a career in arts, here are a few disadvantages you have to look for before your kid chooses an artistic career-

1.No stable income

Unlike in most of the other typical office jobs, the income always remains unstable and uncertain for an artist. It simply depends on the demand for the artistic work and the differing taste of the audience. The income may fluctuate leaving you in a dilemma.

2. Creativity under Pressure

While working as a freelancer one does not feel the pressure, but if your kids choose to work for a company as a designer or animator, they will have to work under pressure which kills creativity. Also the competitor pressure leads to build up of frustration and stress, reducing or blocking the thought process.

How your kids prosper in this field will simply depend on their timely creativity and the effort they make to stay unique. An artistic career can be a good choice for those who have a love for arts and are not much driven by the monetary aspect..

A career in arts is always a tough decision as there are a lot of factors to analyze before you land into it. However, a career in arts is still worth pursuing provided you take into consideration some indispensable elements. Every career choice comes with a lot of pros and cons and it varies with the different individuals and their perspective about life.

A career in arts is always a tough decision as there are a lot of factors to analyze before you land into it. However, a career in arts is still worth pursuing provided you take into consideration some indispensable elements. Every career choice comes with a lot of pros and cons and it varies with the different individuals and their perspective about life.

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