Good News Bad News

Here’s the first in our weekly segment, Good News Bad News. We’ll be keeping you posted on the best and worst news about your future.

First, the good news:

If you go to school for art, you will not be a bum after you graduate! John M. Eger writing for Huff Post College says ,”The myth of the starving artist is just that, a myth…”

He sites a new report by the Strategic National Arts Project, which has discovered:

  • Ninety-two percent of arts alumni who wish to work currently are, with most finding employment soon after graduating.
  • Two-thirds said their first job was a close match for the kind of work they wanted.
  • More than half (57%) are currently working as professional artists.

This is quite encouraging, no? Though another set of facts, buried just after the nice bullet points, is alarming:

But over half hold at least two jobs concurrently; 18% are working three or more jobs, and few had the business or marketing skills they needed to start their own business or even to launch their careers.

But enough about that. This is supposed to be the good news.

The bad news is for our New York City audience. An old saying goes, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”

Unfortunately, you are probably going to die here. Therefore you will not be able to go anywhere.

Elie Mystel  writes about our germy, crowded, cesspool of a city in today’s Daily News:

To live in New York is to accept that you will probably be among the first to die during the next global infectious calamity. You know, surely, that the subway is a terrible place to be when an incurable airborne disease comes calling. You’ve already thought through how living in a building with 30 other units and central air filtration is going to be a bit of a problem when the widow in 4F gets Feline Fishflu from one of her eight cats. One of these days, NyQuil isn’t going to be enough.

So the future is bright, if you can make it there alive!

— Jordan


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