my response to a former student’s Facebook post about career, college and life:

As a college professor and your former professor, I am truly sorry to see you suffering like this. Since I have been teaching for almost 30 years… I guess that makes me part of the problem!

Hundreds of students have crossed my path and so few actually make it. This fact alone has never discouraged anyone from going to Art College. My parents were dead set against my going to Parsons. It was this lack of support that pushed me… It gave me the resolve to go after something impossible because I had a lot to prove to myself.

I do not know your situation. Maybe you’re the best artist in your family, your neighborhood and your high school. Then as you got older it became more difficult to compete, because you are up against others who were the best in their high school.

Talent alone is only part of the picture. You have to work hard, creating art that is meaningful. Find your inner voice. Do this work for yourself, not for the money. If you land on something that is important to you, share it with others and you will find your audience. Maybe you can take a break from social media until you start creating again– if only to rekindle that fire!

Get a day job, to help pay the bills.

When many of my creative friends were turning 25 (over 25 years ago) quite a few went through a similar personal crisis. Venting is natural; just don’t let that anger consume you. Stop looking back towards the mistakes in your life. What is your plan for the next year, the next 5 years and the next 10 years? Figure this out and go after it with everything that you’ve got.

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans” – John Lennon.