Frowning upon the arts?

As I’m growing up, I now face the inevitable question that every person must face eventually; what do I want to do with my life? Ugh it’s such an open-ended and scary question! But I’ve narrowed a few things down for myself; my ideal job would be something in either the book or film industry (my two favorite things if you can’t tell), but I’ll probably have to have some other job for a while until I sneak my way into said industry.

That gets me to the point of this post, how people frown upon the arts and people who want to get a job in the arts. Someone says that they want to be an engineer and everyone cheers them on, but if someone says that they want to be an author everyone asks them what their backup plan is. I don’t want to have a back-up plan! Can’t I just do what I want to do?! When you tell a kid that they have to have a back-up plan, you are telling them, ‘No your career choice is not good enough, chose another one.’ So what if we have a lot of artist, writers, and directors; that means that we have more art and books and movies! So please stop telling people to get a ‘backup plan’; it’s discouraging. And if any of you have any experience with this, comment below and tell me about it!

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