I want to grab life by the horns. Someone show me how
By - aerochalk
If you can't pay the bills with your creative work then find something related that does, whether it requires college or not.
Hey, sorry, I looked at your post history. [I strongly advise you against joining the airforce.](https://blog.happierabroad.com/2013/07/20-reasons-not-to-join-military-why-its.html) I'm lucky that I have had a lot of veteran friends and role models in my life who have advised me against doing so. You sign your human rights away, recruiters will lie to you and say you'll be able to visit cool places and receive interesting training but it won't actually actualize. You'll just end up with toxic social behaviors, PTSD and other mental health issues. Your physical health will be destroyed for the rest of your life so you won't even be able to enjoy life after you're out. It might feel like an easy answer when you don't know what to do with your life, and is seen as a "good" and noble life path. It's really very far from it. You will have no say in what you do or the morality of it. If you want to 'serve', become a priest, social worker, or do a year of national service like [Americorps](https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/publicRequestSearch.do). If you can find a good program, they will actually help you "find a path" and build the resources you need to get there too. I highly recommend it to anyone taking a gap year before or during college. Look into conservation corps.
A real good long term related field of study could be to [become a drone photographer](https://www.linkedin.com/learning/cert-prep-faa-107-commercial-drone-license/studying-for-the-faa-part-107). You can work for real estate agents, shoot movies, work in construction, or even [start your own small business](https://www.linkedin.com/learning/working-professionally-with-your-drone?upsellOrderOrigin=default_guest_learning). You can sign up for Linkedin learning for free with a library card, the classes even come with certs you can throw on your resume. You could also look into just like, becoming a pilot in general, it's about as much money as an associates. You could also become an air traffic controller if you get an associates in it, it's the highest paying AA and you can expect to make [$100,000](https://www.faa.gov/jobs/career_fields/aviation_careers/) a year. You could also look into machining technologies, welding, and engineering so you can learn how to manufacture and repair airplanes. These aren't or's, you could do any of these in no particular order and stop doing anything whenever you wanted, granted you don't have insane student loans. You really just need to figure out something to do next, it seems.
Well informed and detailed god bless
Go to college, hands down
Whats your reasoning? And what degree etc
You can learn more ways to apply your talents and skills. If all else fails, you still have a career backed by an institution.
Choose one that you see is something that will be needed in the future, i.e applying your art skills in Virtual Reality settings
So you think going to college for creative purposes is worth it?
Yes, I believe that the ideal would be to choose an area in college that complements your talents and skills. I also believe that, if you do, to continue to pursue your own projects.
Solid advice. Thank you idk why its getting downvoted. What majors would be good? I want something thats more stable and in demand. Something that I could pay the bills with but would be still something creative like an architect or audio engineer or something
Not every career requires college. I think architecture does but audio engineering doesn't.
I’d firstly rule out anything that would put you into debt. If you could start a music video career would that interest you? If so, I’d offer to work for anyone you know who does that for free or low pay to learn as much as possible from them over the next year.
I dont want to lock myself into one specific thing though. I really think my biggest strength is songwriting
Then do song writing. You can do whatever you want man. You won’t make any money in creative areas until you build enough support or make a hit.
Ideally I would be able to flip between whatever projects I want to freely. But i know just cause i want it doesnt mean it will happen and this will be hard to accomplish