Originally Posted by ower
Because the people that have their heart set on films or games turn their noses up at anything other than that.. and sometimes as adults we have to do things we don't want to.
It's better to have a job with income coming in while you use your skills and work on getting your dream job than doing nothing or working an unskilled labor job. Unless you have the benifit of having someone support you while you chase this dream job.
The point is that there are two sides of the story. For every person that got screwed by chasing a dream, there is one that got screwed for not doing it.
I don't think the "find a profitable niche" is bad advice, I said as much, but since it's the only side of that discussion that gets posted repeatedly, because those happy of having achieved what they set off to do are less likely to post about it, I thought it was time to offer the other perspective one should contemplate when making that decision.
It's not a matter of which one you should do, that's personal and highly circumstantial. It's a matter of remembering what your priorities are, and choose the best option in your pursuit of happyness and a rewarding life, which for some comes from safety and stability, at the expense of job satisfaction, for others comes from the opposite direction.
That's it. There's no right or wrong, just choices, and for every parent telling their kid that they should become a lawyer, you need an uncle reminding them that people DO become astronauts, even if not all of them, if they have the qualities and persistence to. I simply thought it was appropriate to remind those reading of this small detail in the onslaught of "find an alternative way to make a living CG" posts in GD.
You could also remind people who want to work in movies and games, that they might want to find a way other than CG to get into those, if their passion is movies and games. Just for the record, but that'd be OT, as this is, after all, CGTalk