There's something about the art world that makes building a career as a professional artist an evasive subject. It's easy to tell a young person, "Follow your dreams," but there's not enough explanation around how to pay your bills. The path to becoming a full-time artist is not as clear cut as the path to other careers, like becoming a doctor.
"I can go to art school but that doesn't get you a job as an artist, it just teaches you the techniques of an artist," said Brooklyn-based graffiti writer + illustrator, See One. "The field is wide open. The question is how do you make money, to pay rent. How do I not work at McDonalds?"