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Published: November 11, 2015





Hi. I'd like to finally, properly introduce myself.

Below is a video that took me a long time to finally muster the courage finally share. I've been working on shaping this YouTube channel to be a creative space for me to share and talk art and share any resources (tips/tutorials) that might help other aspiring artists out there. 


It's a video to introduce who I am, but more importantly, it's about where I am, what I'm doing and where I want to go. 



So, up until two months ago, I was studying Physiotherapy at university, and I really did enjoy it. But my heart just wasn’t in it. 
I never intended to study and pursue art, coming from a school environment where it’s about “having a real job", like a doctor or a lawyer. The general advice from adults and even my own relatives, was that anything creative was just better off as a hobby. So I decided to keep it on the side while studying for a "real job", and I feel like this is a story that resonates with so many of us. 

I drudged on studying Physio, to a point where each day that I continued the course, it ate away at my confidence in my passion. Art became a second priority, and before I knew it, it became something I did only when I had ‘spare time', and that was rare while studying such an intense course. At that point, I started questioning everything, and I realized that I was in no way happy with where I was going and what I was sacrificing.

After months of tossing and turning, I decided; screw it - I took that leap of faith. I left my course and applied to transfer to study Animation and commit everyday to pursuing my passion and doing everything I've always wanted to do. I’m going to do it and I’m going to give it my everything. I’m going to work my ass off for it, so that at the end of each day, I'll know I tried. I'll do it without having a single shred of security and certainty about what’s going to happen.

Screw waking up one day to know you shut down your dreams because they’re not “real”. 
Screw having regrets of “never having tried".
Screw it, I’m doing it.




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Ahhhhh. The journal that resonates with my current dilemma! Honestly, I'm so glad to have found your pieces of work. Sometimes I look at dA profiles and there are some AMAZING works. But then I see that the artists are hobbyists or self taught. Those encounters just had me thinking, "Then do I really need a major in Arts if i can just be self taught?". Basically I went onto this whole spiral of what can be self taught and what cannot. I questioned the value of art which is in itself a big mistake. At first I thought I could do architecture because it deals with art and has a sort of "real job" to it. But I only wanted to do that because I wanted to help build a house for my mother, and my mother only. Buildings in general did not fascinate me as much. Then I pondered on majoring in Business because hey, I can be an entrepreneur that has to do with art. Business being my major and Art and PSY being my minors. But the thought of grueling in business when I don't even like it troubled me. So i revised my plan again and went, screw it! I'll get a degree in B.F.A. Being an undeclared freshman in college, I told this to my grade advisor before consulting my parents & we basically made a plan of all the courses I'd need to get into my schools B.F.A program. I later told my mother that I didn't want to be an architect, but she didn't react negatively (she really didn't react at all). I was still worried about my decision, and then I told my brother about my decision and my worries, he told be that a degree in any kind of form is an act of accomplishment; that you stuck to a decision and went through with it for four years & that in itself is amazing. So yeah, it was refreshing to hear your story. Thank you so much & keep up the big work! :heart:
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kaseylsnowProfessional Digital Artist
Crazy. I think we are on the exact same journey, except you are figuring it out while still in school and I actually went the "stable career" route for 5 years after college before running off with my savings to do this art thing. Good luck to ya mate!
kelogsloops's avatar
The thing is, it's only thanks to people like yourself, that I even have the courage to take this path.
It's because of the stories of people who gave their everything and went against "society's expectations". You hear so much negativity like "don't do it", but there's the pockets of people who  say "I did it, and I still do it".
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kaseylsnowProfessional Digital Artist
I'm glad to have been any sort of inspiration to you. You have a lot of skill, so I am sure that if you keep putting your work out there and creating that you will be successful. 
If you need more encouragement, Will Terry and Jake Parker have some great videos with advice for people freelancing or trying to turn art into a stable carrer. Here are just a couple of videos from them on topics that might interest you: 10 reasons you will not starve as an artist and Achieving Your Goals.
Art can definitely be a viable career, so don't be intimidated by the unknown. I totally understand how scary it is putting yourself out there and doing something unconventional with your career, but you can do it. :)
kelogsloops's avatar
Thank you so much yet once again, honestly you are too kind and supportive! I'll definitely give it my shot and who knows, maybe I will be somewhere 10 years from now!
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kalkieProfessional Filmographer
rather late, but its a little inspirational reading your journal and seeing your face for the first time. Your artwork is beautiful and pursuing an art career will only improve your skills to the next level, I can't wait to see how your stuff evolves over the next couple of years and I'm super happy for you!
kelogsloops's avatar
Thank you!! Awgh, I can only hope I don't let you down as I go!
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When I saw this I just HAD to comment, and I wanted to say, well done man, well done. 
Usually people don't follow their dreams, and for the few that do, they're usually twice your age when they finally find the courage to do it. So for you to reach that point at such a young age, and take the necessary actions to fulfill it, you've definitely inspired me. :)

I get how others around you might not completely understand, but it's your life, and you're the one that would have to live it, not them. Even if the career you want doesn't lead to fame and riches, it doesn't matter, because ultimately you'll still be happy with it, and all you really need is to make enough to live on (and possibly a future family if you choose). So I hope it all turns out well for you, and I hope now people on DA won't continue to think that you're a girl, even though I think it's pretty cool that you're friends offline with at least one cute girl. ;)
kelogsloops's avatar
Honestly, thanks so much pal! It's scary, and that's for sure, but man it's all been so worth it thus far.

EXACTLY! That's exactly the attitude and mentality behind it. If I can live with just enough, but do what I love, then what more could I ask for!

To be honest... I still get mistaken for being a girl quite often hahahahhaa. 
HAHAHA HEYYYY~~ Ivy I think you've got an admirer haha. ;) 
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You're very welcome, and that's great to hear, keep it up!Naruto Uzumaki (Thumbs Up)

Oh i'm sure you'll make plenty of money, and have a lot left over for anything extra that might come up. :)

Haha, i'm sure you like them mistaking you for a girl sometimes since girls around here seem to get way more watchers than the guys do, lol. ;P

XD
kelogsloops's avatar
Fingers crossed!

Really? If that's the case, WOOHOO! I never really thought of gender as being a thing here on dA though, now that I think about it, I don't really know the genders of most of the artists I look at haha.
Ryoga-Hibiki2's avatar
XD

Haha well maybe that's for the better that you DON'T know, because it's shocking how many guys here like pretending to be girls just to get attention from other guys O_O

Anyways you're still a talented artist regardless of gender, so just keep it up, and you'll get plenty more watchers and favs xD
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But now i DO now... and that is a little disturbing HAHAHA AH WELL! The things people do!

Thanks a tonne pal, I hope I don't let ya down!
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Lol xD

You're welcome, and the only way you could let me down would be if you gave up on your dreams, so never give up. :)
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InGodzHandzHobbyist Writer
I wish you the best, too.  I'm doing the same with journalism.
kelogsloops's avatar
Thank you! Ah, really? That makes two of us on this journey then :D
InGodzHandz's avatar
InGodzHandzHobbyist Writer
Yeah, you're not alone.
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LadyChamomileProfessional
Congratulations! Wish you all the best on your journey :)
Selenada's avatar
SelenadaProfessional Digital Artist
Good on you :) I hope it makes you happy! follow your true calling and talent, if it comes easy and you have joy from it, it's the right thing, don't let pressure spoil it though.
kelogsloops's avatar
Thank you so much Selene! I'm very happy with everything that's happened so far, I can only hope that years from now I look back with no regret, and continue happily :D
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SzkArtHobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your courage :) I know what it's like to take the safe road, and not really jumping into the deep end (for me it's my writing). I hope you get to the place you're dreaming of, because the look on your face tells me you are really truely happy with your choice. :) 
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Thank you so much! It's definitely a daunting, scary and terrifyingly lonely path in a way, but it's a path that I feel "right" on, I feel like it's a decision that I've always knew I needed to make. So to be able to now say that I'm on that path, it's the world to me. I really am happy, and I really do hope that maybe one day I can look back and really say that this was the right choice :)
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