I began drawing around 4 years old on pretty much anything I could get my hands on - even drawing in reading books. I came from a household where practicing art wasn't necessarily praised. Throughout all my schooling years, I continued to get involved with about any art event going on in school, as long as it wasn't after-school (because that may have been viewed as a waste of time).
I was pushed by family and society to just 'get a job' or 'don't waste your time on an arts degree' when I became an adult.. so that's what I did. I worked retail and end of the line jobs for about a decade. Then decided to pursue the sciences, despite my hearts desire to be an artist. I've recently finished my Associates of Science in Pre-Nursing degree, but decided to change my major to pursue a Bachelors in Game Art and Animation.
This required a move to a different part of the country, because colleges & jobs in the art fields are slim in the Midwest. I've recently relocated to Vermont, where I'm seeking to apply and get accepted into one of their many universities that have good programs in what I'm interested in. I would tell anyone who's wanting to be an artist is to never let go of your dreams, even if it means trying out things outside of your dreams. You may find that you'll make a 360 back to what your original hearts desire was in the first place & then nobody has a place to tell you that you didn't try other things.