"I wish I could draw like that." "You're so creative!" "Wow, I bet your house has so much cool art in it!"
As a creative, you've heard it all. I know I certainly have.
I've spent the past 11 years of my life dedicating my life to the education of others--both inside a school building as an art teacher, and in private lessons, classes, and workshops. My creative mind is continually working, and I really do love sharing my gift of art with others. But the state of education is changing, and I'm not sure I'm ready or willing to morph with it. Less students care about their accountability, more parents are attacking teachers verbally and supporting their students' apathy, and overall, the state of education and our youth is really scary.
Because of this, I've been considering other careers. If I'm being honest, I've applied for a myriad of remote creative jobs in the past four months.. I've interviewed for a couple, but my lack of experience in the design or art directing world, and instead my years spent inside the classroom yield no jobs. It's sad to think that I've "wasted" my time in the classroom and have made myself essentially unemployable outside the field of education even though I have a Master's Degree in Fine Art (hours equivalent to a doctorate in the field of administrative education). What a sad, sad time to live in--when an art teacher who continually manages classes and groups of 20+ people that need continual motivating, redirecting, guidance and nurturing, isn't considered qualified to lead a creative team of professionals.
It's a strange situation to be in--when people constantly praise my creativity, tell me how lucky I am to be blessed with this creative mind--but also to feel like said innate creativity, which can't be taught--isn't enough to secure a high-paying job, even when it's backed up with education.
Because of this, I've decided that I have to take a more non-artsy approach to my career's future and get an MBA with an emphasis in marketing, in hopes of eventually securing my dream job of art directing at a large company. It's not the plan I'd initially had, but as times change, and the culture shifts, I've had to make some tough decisions regarding my career.
I still enjoy the students at my school and love when they're proud of their work, but I know this isn't what I want to do forever. So in the meantime, I'll continue to do my best at work, but give 100% to my continued education in hopes that my career's future matches the level of innovation and vision I've been "blessed" with.