Artsy people: what would you tell your 17-year-old self?
March 28, 2012 11:47 AM Subscribe
What advice would you give to a 17-year-old young man who wants a creative career?
posted by overeducated_alligator to media & arts (21 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have a young friend who is currently a sophomore in high school. He has wide-ranging interests and could imagine himself in a number of different creative jobs, but he has trouble focusing. He has expressed frustration because he isn't sure where to put his energy; as a result he jumps from project to project, without much to show for it in the end. He lives in a small town, does not have a car, and does not yet know what his options will be after high school.
Here are some of the things he has aptitude for and is ambitious about:
- writing for television/movies
- writing short stories
- directing/shooting/editing film and video
- drawing storyboards
He is intrepid and has a surprising professional network already of people he's contacted/done some work for, but not much yet in the way of a portfolio.
What kind of practical advice would you give him about how to make his dreams attainable?