Art Professor: To make it in the art world you need to practice all the time. Draw in your sketchbook every day! Be constantly producing work, even if it’s bad. Just keep practicing and stay productive!
me: Barely draws once a week due to a wonderful combination of executive functioning disorder that makes it incredibly difficult to make myself practice and depression that makes it difficult to give a shit about anything, let alone artistic expression.
Art Professor: To become a successful illustrator you need to put yourself out there! Make connections, reach out to people, advertise yourself! And always respond promptly to emails, you need to be easy to work with and reliable.
Me: Has a crippling anxiety disorder that makes the smallest social interaction nerve-wracking and emails utterly terrifying, combined with a truly horrible coping mechanism of hiding from the problems, a really unhelpful behavior I have yet to find a way out of.
Art professor: If you want to be a professional artist, you need to know the industry. Do some research, find out what other artists are in the field, learn their names! You should have a working knowledge of all the major Illustrators out there now, as well as important historical illustrators!
Me: Has ADHD, a symptom of which (at least for me) is a truly fucked up memory, especially in regards to memorizing names.