Trapped in a Box

January 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm (art, jobs, rant) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m having trouble deciding on a REAL career path because everyone always wants to put you in a box.  It doesn’t really matter if you fit there or not, but it allows them to better understand you and I suppose it is easier just to go into a box that’s already there instead of making your own. I’m not even sure I want a box at all.  Once you create a box you create limitations.  Although it does help to be categorized, but people will try to do that for you so I guess I don’t have to worry about that.

I could go to grad school for advertising/marketing in

Art Direction which is for people who like design, photography, fonts, basically think visually

Communications strategy which is for the people who ask why…and why not, insights for blue prints, eager to solve business problems, look for new ways to interact with people, are a culture junkie

So if I do communications strategy will I get the chance to do art? Or would I be too insanely busy? Which would in turn drive me insane.

And then if I go back for art I’m far behind the other applications in the fine arts department or to be an art director actually.  I have very little experience with a mac and that seems to be a pre req for all the concentrations.  Wtf is up with that.  Supposedly “all creative people use a mac” so I must not be “creative.”

And if I want to be a creative director some day it looks like being an art director or copywriter is the way to go.  Or being Lady Gaga. Sarah Jessica Parker, or Lindsay Lohan.  Celebs seem to be snatching up the office of creative director left and right.

Then I have the problem that I want to start a business, draw comics, paint, and I want to make money.  Which track will get me money and allow me to do what I really want to do?  Not to mention the price of grad school is outrageous.  Who can afford that even with loans? I feel sick to my stomach thinking about it.

There’s a No Doubt song Trapped in a Box that describes this problem pefectly.

Kagehime

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2 Comments

  1. J said,

    Don’t worry, I’m in the same situation (or should I say box). I’m starting to think there’s no right or wrong decision. And I’m sure you can do all of those things….unless Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Lady GaGa want to. Then you’re just like Conan O’Brien.

  2. Umbrella Stand said,

    Sarah Jessica Parker is really very very beautiful specially during her younger years :”`

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