A Wise Investment to Inspire the Artists in Your Home?
What do you consider before you make an investment? I tend to first consider the risk. Is it worth my time and money first and second how likely am I to come out with a favorable outcome? A philosophy I learned from my parents. One that I am not sure I will completely pass on to my own children. Whatever I decide to invest in, no matter the amount of research, I am never sure of the return on my investment. Most times I just trust my gut to let me know when an investment is too risky and it’s time for me to cut my losses. Growing up I didn't know any successful artists (i.e. writers, musicians, photographers etc.) When it was time for me to go to college I would not have dared to mention majoring in a field like Art to my parents. They were looking to fund a practical education. My mama and daddy worked in careers, based on practicality not gut, to get themselves and their family out of poverty. To my parents majoring in Art would have been the equivalent to signing up for a life as a starving artist. As usual my parents had a point. My parents knew then, what is still true today:
- Those most likely to be unemployed are in the Arts group
- In 2009 Art accounted for only 4.6% of all majors
- Median earnings for those who majored in Art: $44,000
- Check out the chart below to see who majored in Art:
|Race||Commercial Art & Graphic Design||Drama & Theater Arts||Film Video & Photographic Arts||Fine Arts||Music||Studio Arts||Visual & Performing Arts|
Though by all accounts it makes sense to advise my children not to major in Art and cut my losses on any investments made in music or art lessons. Yet and still, as nonsensical as this may sound, I don’t think I’ll do that. Despite the dismal statistics, my gut tells me there is a bigger plan for my children that I cannot see. I feel that they will become successful in whatever it is they choose to do. Bottom line, whether it is in the arts or sciences, if they are willing to put in the time, I am willing to make the investment.
Want to promote a career in the Arts at home? Here are some suggestions:
For the Big Kids: Encourage a Career in Writing
As early as possible introduce your tween or teen to the 10,000 hour rule and encourage them to become a writer by having them start a blog?
The blog can be about anything that interests them. For example, have your tween or teen blog about fashion, music, shoes, books or human rights issues.
- Check out these cool tips on creating a Fashion Blog
- Make sure to set up clear rules about what type of information can be posted and check back regularly.
- Also, encourage your tween or teen to write professionally, in other words be conscious of grammar and spelling errors. Let them know that not only are their friends looking at what they have to say. But perhaps they may catch the eye of an editor or literary agent.
For the elementary kids: Encourage a Career in Music
- Maybe you know someone at your church or in your neighborhood that knows how to play an instrument and/or wants to make a little extra cash. You can always switch to someone else later on if you feel like your child has advanced past their teacher.
- Look for used instruments. We were able to purchase an instrument from my child’s music teacher for half of the cost. (Jack-pot!) If you’re lucky your child’s school may have a music program and they can learn to play there. Take advantage.
- Create a practice chart. It’s easy to go an entire week and not have made someone practice, very easy. But we created a chart and it serves as a nice visual reminder for how much we have or have not practiced.
- Introduce music that you love to your children. They may frown upon ‘old school’ or any unfamiliar music at first, but more than likely they will soon see your love for it and become infectious.
For the Preschool and Kindergarten kids: Encourage a Career in ArtThink you may have a little Jonathan Green on your hands, or do you want one? Promote painting and drawing it can’t hurt as studies have shown that by involving children in the arts parents can help make complex connections between themselves and the world, improve literacy skills and improve graduation rates. Inspire your little artist by:
- Making a special place in the house to create artwork
- Asking questions: What do you think birds like to eat? How big do you think is a bird’s nest? What kind of colors will we get if we were to mix purple and green? Kids can then create the answer!
- Point our artwork as you ride in the car, while your watch television or look up young artists on the internet.
Would you invest in a career in the arts for your child?