Should I sell my soul to the corporate machine and go into advertising or should I struggle as a freelance artist and do the art I love?
I hate to break it to you, but the corporate machine stopped buying souls in 2007. You couldn’t sell out now even if you wanted to. You’re pretty much doomed to struggle as a freelance artist no matter what you do, and nobody gives a fuck whether you love it or not.
I know you’ve probably had your head up your ass in art school these past few years, but someone should have told you that we’re smack dab in the middle of the ugliest economy since the great depression.
The ass dropped out of advertising budgets several years ago, and the industry is in the middle of its long cycle of being bitch slapped by the recession. You’re trying to enter a field where very talented people with considerably more experience than you are willing to work for peanuts.
If you are one of the lucky few with connections, don’t be an asshole. Sell out. Otherwise, just pretend to have integrity as a freelancer doing the art you love until they start hiring again in December of 2012.