You get home from a long day at work and turn on the TV. It’s been a long week, so you think to yourself- maybe i’ll take the family to a movie on Saturday. Maybe we’ll even go on a vacation soon! We could visit museums and go to plays and see all sorts of fun attractions.
When you turned the TV on, nothing happened. There are no actors to entertain you.
When you went to the movie theater, nothing was showing. There were no advertisements to tell you that anything was showing, so you went to the theater to find out. Nothing playing. There is no one to film and create movies for you. Well at least your vacation will be fun, right? Not like there will be any plays to see and there won’t be anything in the art museums.
Well at least you have the shack you are living in that you made out of cardboard and sheets.
Not like you could find an architect to build you a house with all the money you’re making as an engineer.
THE FUCK DID YOU JUST SAY TO ME
THERE WOULD BE NO ROAD SIGNS OR INFORMATIONAL BROCHURES
THERE WOULD BE NO GODDAMN KEYS ON YOUR FUCKING LAPTOP
I WOULD PUNCH YOU IN THE FUCKING FACE BUT WITHOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN HOW WOULD I LEARN TO DO THAT
lol I guess that community college that was completed fairly recently by my dad a county down built itself
I just sent this tweet to NBC.
If these majors are so useless, then who designed the graphic used to announce this on your show?
This. All of this. I am so tired of people thinking that creative fields are a waste of time. While we’re at it, I’m also tired of people thinking that said fields are “easy.”
Actually, as I’m writing this I realize that this is a huge contradiction. Going into the field, we’re told it’s “easy” and “simple” because “all you have to do is draw/write/act/whatever.” Then, when we get out of the school it’s reports like this. Fine. Now, let’s say you actually make it in your field. Then it’s, “So and so gets paid all this money just to do this thing.” By definition of this report calling it useless, you’d think it’d be great to see it proven wrong, like, “Hey guess what I made it as an entertainer/writer/artist/ect.” But no. Then people get mad if you make “too much money” because “all you do is this.”
There is no “all you do” to a creative field. It’s hard. It’s hard as hell. The hardest thing you can do is try and keep someone entertained. The hardest thing you can do is make someone feel the emotions you want them to feel in certain situations. Especially for fictional characters because then there’s this idea of, “Are you really upset over this fictional character dying,” and things like that.
People need to stop taking these things for granted.
Randomly, how is “Architecture” even on this list? Who do you think made the studio you’re sitting in giving this report right now? And what a slap in the face this is to the camera crew while they’re filming this.
So much, all of this. Artists work hard and damnit, people need to realize that. It’s hard work and it’s even harder to communicate to people every piece that goes into it. It’s an area with no boundaries, but that means that classes can’t show you how to do it, people can’t teach you, all they can do is show you how to use the tools and HOPE that you find the creativity in yourself to make them sing. I mean seriously, really stop and consider the movement from some lead on a pencil to the building, sketch, play or story that you have in front of you. That is some SERIOUS transformation shit! It’s not useless, it’s fucking hard!
I see the list above and I bet I know why those are at the top. Money. Those five jobs are probably there because it’s really hard to make money in them, so they’re deemed useless. Art, in all its forms, isn’t useless. It’s a job and a craft, yes, but for those who are truly in it, it’s a NEED. You need to sit down and write. You need to sit down and sew. You NEED to make things. Sure, no one might ever pay attention to it, but it’s still a need and you still do it. When we mention ‘muses’ that’s what they are, that little voice in the back of your head that whispers at you to sketch a picture or write a story. Even if no one ever reads it, you still have to write it. Artists give into that voice and wrap a tight grip around the thought that maybe, somewhere, someone will notice and like this. Because that’s all you have.
I submit a new name for this. Instead of “Top 5 ‘Useless’ Majors” how about the “Top 5 Majors That Were Too Scary to Pursue” because they’re damn hard and if you make it, that’s fantastic. But only the people in those majors can tell you exactly how much WORK it actually is. It’s emotionally draining, it will suck the life out of you, but we keep going because we need to, because we believe there is something inside us that we can create that’s worth sharing.
I choose to see this as a challenge. I’m an artist and I’m not useless. And no matter what you say, I have this amazing feeling that my life, full of all the ups and downs and low payments, long nights and low reward are so much more fulfilling then the digits on my paycheck and the worth of my house and the number of cars in my driveway. My harddrive full of half finished projects and my brain full of blooming ideas is worth so much more.
And you’re welcome, because you’re damn lucky that I’m bearing my soul to you. You’re damn lucky that any of us dare to share what we create.