If you’ve dreamt of becoming an artist ever since you were young, it’s not too late. You may be thinking you have no idea where to start. That’s normal with any career, but especially with the art world. 

There are lots of great resources, and we’re going to share specific steps that you can take to make your dream a reality. Keep reading to find out more. 


Many people have a dream but have not developed their skills yet. If this is you, make sure you start with the basics. Grab books from your local library and learn the different types of art. Learn the history of art and the different eras. This will also help you to appreciate art more deeply. 

Developing your skills will help you to become better in many ways. Like any specialty, art takes a lot of practice to get better. Time will allow you to work on specific techniques. 


Although a university degree is not mandatory, it’s a great way to get feedback, learn more about art, and network, so you are ready for the real world. 

There are many fine arts programs available at different universities. There is probably one in the town you’re in right now. Programs can range from associates degrees all the way to the doctorate level. 

Try sitting down with a career counselor at the university to learn more about the programs they offer and find out if it’s something you believe would be useful to you. 


If going to university for multiple years doesn’t sound appealing to you, there are also many other types of programs available. The Artist mentorship program is a great option that combines education and hands-on experience. Learn what is available to you in the area you are in. 

If there is a specific style that interests you, seek out a course that specializes in that style. You’ll be amazed at how many people you meet that are like you. 


A great way to get experience from a well-known artist is through an internship. You can find out about these through an online posting, word of mouth, on a flyer near a course, and many other ways. 

Internships usually provide little or no pay. However, the program will give you a lot of experience, and you will meet many people to help push your career along. 


A portfolio is one of the most essential items you can have with you. Make sure it stays up-to-date with your latest pieces. Try to ask a former professor, an artistic friend, or a mentor for advice. Ask them if they think specific pieces should be added, and why. 


As corny as it may sound, it’s never too late to give up on your dreams. If being an artist is something you want to pursue, there are a lot of different avenues to get there. 

Do your research and start working at it harder and harder. You might be surprised what connections you meet along the way.