There's a great and little-known song by the 1960s British band the Creation called "Painter Man," which laments the difficulty a former art student has trying to find a job to suit his talents. The song's narrator studies hard to earn his degree, then finds himself making a living not quite worthy of Picasso:
Tried cartoons and comic books
Dirty postcards, women's looks
Here was where the money lay
Classic art has had its day
Being a working artist in any medium is tough. For every Bruce Springsteen or Sarah McLachlan, there are thousands of singer-songwriters strumming for tips at the local coffee house; for every Maya Angelou, there are countless poets jotting down their names on open-mic lists. Budding artists are lucky if they have day jobs that even remotely use their skills. I went to college with a great many theater and creative writing majors and most of them are now pursuing careers that could qualify them as bit players on "The Office."