As much as I look forward to going home for the hot meals and free laundry, I dread the moment when my dear relatives turn to me and ask how school is going, which eventually leads to: “How do you expect to find a job with a degree like that?”
Although the skepticism comes from a good place, it gets old having to constantly defend your career.
Yes, Aunt Mildred, I know you are concerned for my financial well being, but your severe lack of knowledge of the publishing industry doesn’t make me jump at the chance to take your ill-informed advice.
How do you expect to make a living?
Do you want to teach?
Have you ever thought about nursing school?
How do you expect to support a family?
You must be very liberal.
Do you have a lot of gay friends?
What do you want to do with a degree like that?
So you’ll live in New York?
I’m very creative, too. I love to scrapbook and I have a shop on Etsy. It’s nice pocket money
Can I ask your opinion on these paint colors for my bathroom?
My niece’s cousin step-brother’s dog trainer used to be an artist, but he gave it up.
So I guess you don’t like to work.
Do you have a job?
No, I mean a real job.
You mean you don’t bus tables?
Why is this painting so expensive? I could buy it at Hobby Lobby for $29.95.
You can never make a living taking photos.
Why aren’t you here at (insert family function) to photograph my child?
You’re an artist? You look so normal.
Did you not do well in school?
You seem too happy to be creative.
Do you do LSD?
No? Well you have to smoke weed at least.
You went to college for that? If you have talent, why bother?
How do you make ends meet?
I hope for your sake you marry someone rich.
Do you want to be famous?
Do you watch Project Runway?
My granddaughter loves to draw. Look at this six legged cat. She has a real gift, wouldn’t you agree?
How do your parents feel about your major?
Are you bad at math?
Do you live with your parents?
What’s your plan B?
I hope you don’t like money, because you aren’t making any.
What’s the point in a degree in art?
Any thoughts on the Mona Lisa?
What is it you do exactly again?