Artists are typically seen as being less academic than other professionals. They are chided for training in creative fields and people tend to think all they do all day is paint, sketch, insert generic art term here. As anyone who has ever tried to make money selling something they have created will tell you, this is far from true, but my point here is that creative industries encompass so much more than painting and sculpting. Going to art school is the starting point for so many different career pathways and educates its students on a lot more than just how to put paint on a canvas.
Every single person in modern society sees, uses and enjoys art in some form, every single day. That song you have been playing on repeat – artist. That new book you just can’t put down each night before bed – artist. The clothes on your back – artist. That cheeky back tattoo you got when you were younger – artist. I think you see where I’m going with this. The fact is, artists and creative people are everywhere, and if you want to continue to enjoy their work then you should give credit where credit is due, and recognise that the creative industries are an extremely integral part of society and careers in the field should therefore be encouraged, and applauded in our young people.