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Do Artistic Careers Pay?

Your teenager may choose music or painting as his career. It is difficult to come to terms with, at least among Indian parents who believe becoming a doctor or engineer is the best possible choice for their child. But is this really true? Read on.

The moment the word 'art' is mentioned in an Indian home, the atmosphere turns electric. The father glares, the mother makes a worried face and the teenager's heart sinks. He loves painting and believes he can make a career out of it, but no, there is no way you will let that happen. "How will he ever be able to support himself by painting or playing a guitar?" you ask. Plus he is just being whimsical, you convince yourself. But are you being harsh on your child? Or are you just ensuring he has a safe future?

Aren't Artistic Careers for Drop-outs and Dreamers?

It is odd that wanting to take up a career in art is not usually well-accepted in Indian homes. After all, Indian art is deeply rooted in our history and culture. Indian art is supposed to be among the best in the world. India's history is rich with musicians, painters, philosophers, writers and poets of the greatest order. Most of our folk tales are based on artistic figures. But that was years ago, you argue. That is true, but the fact is that today all artistic fields pay extremely well. People pick alternative careers because they feel they have the creative edge to excel in those art forms. Be it CD sales or performance fees for musicians, or exhibitions for painters, or the movies for an actor, such artists in recent years have been earning as much as the conventional 'doctor/engineer' earns.

Does Music Pay?

What does a musician do? And more importantly, how does he make money? Today, a musician does not have to wait for the occasional performance fees to pay his bills. Bollywood, television studios, recording studios etc. need session musicians. Independent artists, music schools, radio stations, and international bands and singers are all in dire need of talented musicians.

Music is a field that segregates the talented from the repetitive, and if your child is truly talented he will easily establish himself in the industry. And there are many avenues for him to compete. Take for example the numerous TV shows that hunt for talent. A lot of money exists in the music industry but it is all about getting the right break. And getting a break has gotten easier over the last few years.

How about Painting?

As for painting, urban India has taken to art with a warm heart. A lot more people feel the need to have paintings in their homes. Frequent exhibitions happen in cities and talented artists are quickly sold out. And after a few years a good artist can have a strong and steady income going for himself. A lot of magazines and websites feature painters and art on a regular basis, thus ensuring that a talented artist is always in the spotlight. And sketchers, illustrators and painters can always choose to enter the graphics and designing domain, where they are paid very well for their skills.

And Acting, Dancing, Fashion, etc.?

As for acting, everybody knows at least one actor who did not make it to the big league. But then, a lot of actors have made it too. Today, the focus in India has shifted from hero-centric plots to script-centric stories. This has ensured that the entire cast needs to be talented. And today, small-screen actors earn almost as much as the movie stars do.

Other art forms like dance, animation, sketching, tattooing, fashion, theatre etc. have also emerged as promising fields in recent times. Dancers are paid extremely well in the entertainment industry. Dance shows on TV today have increased the attention to this art form. Pay scales in the field of animation are sky-rocketing. And fashion has firmly established itself as an independent and financially-powerful industry. As the world turns into a smaller place with time, it has gotten easier to establish yourself if you have the talent.

But isn't it Safer to Stick to Conventional Careers?

Conventional careers are slowly suffocating because of the availability of manpower. In India there is no shortage of science graduates. And statistics indicate that average salaries in conventional jobs have dropped. This stands true for profiles lower down the hierarchy. There are of course exceptions. But taking into consideration the larger picture, there is no need to worry if your teenager decides to make his career in art.

So should I Encourage My Teen?

Support is all that teens expect when they express their wishes to parents. The best thing you can do as a parent is to believe in him. Encouragement in the struggling years can play a big role in ensuring his or her success. Of course, it is important that you make sure he knows what he is getting into. You can do this by asking him in detail about his aspirations, and why he wants to do it. Job satisfaction has emerged as a top priority for today's youth. Teenagers today also evaluate the financial aspect of jobs and careers before moving into it. With the easy availability of information, thanks to mediums like the Internet and television, the risks of opting for such careers are minimal. So go ahead and support your teenager whole-heartedly. If he truly loves what he does, rest assured he will not be disappointed.

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yuthika.4 years ago
Being a parent we always have tension for our child's future.There is always a contradictory understanding between childrens and the parents related to career specially at college time.Same happened between me and my daughter.She wanted to make her career in dance but i wanted her to do BTech. Situation became tensed but hopefully when I came to know about Galgotia University first thing that struck my mind was yes this is the place where my daughter could be.This institution along with studies gives preferrence to extracurricular activities too.She took admission over there and she is happy and she is doing well in studies along with her passion for dance by being the part of Galgotia dance club which provides a platform for the student to learn from experts and perform in front of the college and in other events in different colleges.
Shyam Tokas.5 years ago
Music, Art such as painting are much desired career options. People are now more open to take risks and they want to follow their hearts. The good news is that they are well paying also unlike years ago.
Swahili.5 years ago
Yes i agree. to pursue ones hobby for a career choice is difficult but it is worth giving a try as then in future you will not have any regrets.It is very satisfying. Now people are more into art and moving over from conventional career choices
Mink Kallis.5 years ago
Artistic careers are now well paying. They are the best. Besides well paying, they also give creative satisfaction.
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