If you feel that the word "hobby" no longer describes your attitude towards art, and it's now more of a passion than anything else, then yay!
First, if you're still studying, make sure you get yourself into an art and/or design college, majoring in something that you both have strong interest in, and also that you have talent in that specific area. You also need to consider the market. For instance, in most cases, it's easier to get a job with a graphic design degree than, say, a fashion design degree. But if you are SURE that you have what it takes to make it in the fashion design industry, and that your interest and passion outweighs all else, then go for it. You need to have a specific idea exactly WHAT you want to study in, because art is a huge range of stuff. Animation? Graphic design? fine art? Architecture? Interior? Advertising?Film? etc. etc.
Secondly, if you are already studying in a art/design college, build a strong portfolio. Do lots of art pieces so that you can show off to anyone who might employ you in a company, or scout you and ask you for commissions on the internet. In other words, sell yourself and your talent! Advertise yourself. Go for all sorts of art related competitions to make your name known, and if you win something, even better! Create your own website and post your works.
h*************u? If you're already in the working age, I would think it's difficult to suddenly go into the art industry. If you still have a long way to go, really, make sure you have the skills. Go for classes and courses, hone in on your skills and make sure you've got good foundations and experience. Most art colleges would start off with a foundation year, where you're exposed to drawing, perspective, still life, sketching, painting, all sorts of mediums, all types of fine art to build up on your skills. Then in the second and third year it's focusing on what you choose to major in.
Here is a very generalized list of majors and what kind of jobs you can get with the degree. But really, take this with a pinch of salt, because the possibilities are endless and you can get a job that's outside of the supposed "scope".
Illustration: freelance illustrator, comic books, work in design houses, editorial illustration for magazines or newspaper, commission from companies that needs illustrative designs, set up your own company or business, illustration for books, banners, websites etc.
Product and industrial design: designing products, designing packaging, designing concepts for new products etc.
Graphic design: design houses, design companies, any company needs good advertising, so you design things like logos, letterheads, banners, brochures, bookcovers, websites, product packaging, commercials etc. etc. lots of stuff, but more technical than illustration.
film and video: music videos, commercials, adverts, movies, documentaries and TV, game design, camera operator, boom, cameraman etc.
It's tricky getting a good career in the art industry. Alot of people frown upon it and stay eeh, starving artist in the making. I think that's a fallacy. I mean, there's no easy job in this world, and even if you're say, a doctor or lawyer, it doesnt mean you'll definitely get a good job with a good pay. And I honestly would rather do something I truly love and than to trudge through life doing something I hate doing. But even in the art industry, there's areas that's easy to look for jobs and degrees that might get you nowhere. Fine art, for instance, is highly risky, and I wouldn't recommend it at all.
Answered By: Hae - 11/18/2011