Hello again, and welcome back to everyone’s second choice for all their advice needs. As we all know, it’s been ages since the last post, and Plan B’s lack of reliability is just another reason why no one should take this seriously.
Today I will be tackling a question from a Not-Scarab (lovely name, dear, if a bit odd). Not-Scarab hails from Giggleswick, England. Her question is, “How do I convince people in the writing industry to employ me when I have an art degree?”
The short answer is, frankly, that you can’t. I’m sorry madam, but because of a choice you made at the ripe old age of young adulthood, you are trapped in a fanciful world surrounded by the greats, Disney, Dr. Suess, Dali. Really, you just have no possible way of being taken seriously in ANY community beyond that of Art.
The long answer, though, will require some research.
What makes art, and how that can be applied to writing? Art is a visual medium, and as we all know, writing uses no visuals at all. The letters on the page don’t actually exist. In fact, all you are reading is psychic paper. I see blank. I cannot read. This shouldn’t stop you of course, though I would seriously question why you are asking a blog that cannot read why you should pursue a writing career.
However, if you are just fascinated by the letters, I can understand that. In fact, a lot of people were at some point in history. The Book of Kells is a really famous illustrated bible written by Irish monks during the middle ages. It has amazing attention to detail, and was transcribed by artists.
It also spawns The Secret of Kells, which is a beautifully animated feature totally subsisting of the study of the Bible and never focusing on the history or mythology of the Celts or featuring any cameos by the conquering Vikings. At all.
So, you see, you shouldn’t give up hope! There’s lots of hope for artists illustrating letters! If you are looking to rent a time machine, might I suggest calling 1-800-TIM-EMAC. Use the keyword “Gigawatts” and you’ll get 10% off your order!
I do hope that’s answered your question, Not-Scarab. You are hopelessly trapped in a decision you made years ago, and there is absolutely no hope for any growth or change. Have a lovely day, and thank you for consulting everyone’s second best advice giver!