Wauw sooo much advice! Well to be honest I have no idea what I’d specialize in, and much of the advice given seem imply that I have to pick something before starting. Its not usually how I do things, but the wealth of information given in itself is extremely useful
As it is right now, I earn a living on the internet, so education isn’t something I have much of, though I at times earn a lot more then most of my well educated friends. In my opinion education is way overrated with how the internet works today, at least anything pre-university, and unfortunately for me, I’d need to sink in 3 years of mental torture, in college in order to open those doors. Given that I can make a living just fine without it, I do not plan on going there.
If something interests me I can learn it much faster and efficiently on my own, and put it to practical use much faster. Web Design for example. To get a degrade as a Web designer in denmark, will take a good 2 years, and 3/5 more if you want to go to university for it. After that you might be able to make anything when it comes to a website, but you have no real practical knowledge, nor network of people broaden your opportunity range. I got interesting in web design, which lead to SEO optimization, which lead to article writing. After 3 months I made my first profit, and after 6 months, I had small empire of 30 websites, all generating income passively. At this point i simply started outsourcing any work I needed doing for any new project, to people who were really passionate about each needed segment of the project (Online freelance websites are a dream). Invest 200-1000$ and expect a return of 50-200$ on that investment pr month, depending on varying factors.
Had I gone the educational route, experience tells I’d be bored to death within 3 months and dropped out, and even if I had spent the minimum of 2 years, I’d be no where near as equipped to make the above happen, because it doesn’t focus on real life uses, only on actual designing. Instead because I could go at my own pace, and let curiosity guide me, the above happened, and today I have the somewhat vast network of people, consisting of freelance article writers, professional web designers, and entrepreneurs, all of which I hire/get hired by, on regular basis, providing more flexible work hours, and a stable source of income then I could ever have in a standard job. It might not be conventional, and it might not be formal, but it works wonders.
I take what interests me, learn about it, use it, and then use that knowledge gained to synergies with future interests.
Its actually why I have the time to take on something like this, because unlike the above, which is just one of many examples btw, I do not see 3D modeling, animating, and so on, to be able to provide any income for a long while, though I do have plans for what I can do with it way before you’d call my a professional. I know some of you will shake your heads at this, and I’m sure I will too if I look back as this thread in 2-5 years, if I by then have figured out that this is actually a subject I can and did sink my whole life into. But learning 2D and drawing, while DEFINITELY something I want to learning, it is not what my passion is focused on at the moment, so trying to force myself to go down that route, will do nothing but kill my interest. I feel the need to start out learning this stuff, and when I start to hit road blocks, which having read all of your advice, I know will come, interest/passion will naturally guide me to learn what needs to be learning to get over it. It might not be the most formal nor step by step way of doing it, it might not even be the fastest, but I’m sure doing it this way will lead to results, rather then disappointment.
Like I said in the beginning, this doesn’t mean I do not intend on taking all the great advice. I suck information like this up, and it’ll have guide me in the coming months, of that I have no doubt So I thank you very much for your time and value input, and thank you for really opening my eyes, and help create some transparency on this matter, that I’m sure would have take a lot of research to gain just by look around.