A huge GOOD LUCK to all of those getting their A Level results today and congratulations to those of you who got into your University of choice.
Ten years ago I failed Art.
I ended up studying English in University because I loved it. I made great friends who encouraged me to draw again after losing a lot of confidence. My A Level art teacher had told me comics weren’t a ‘valid medium’. I met lecturers who taught me about comics that had won Pulitzers. I was introduced to the work of Spiegelman, Gaiman and McCloud. I ended up working on an art portfolio in my final year instead of my dissertation and applying to one of the best comic art schools in the world. And I got in. I met my heroes, lived in the US and met some of the finest artists and friends I will ever know.
Today I am a paid artist and I get to travel all over the world going to conventions. I have worked for one of the biggest publishers in the world and one of my favourite magazines. I get paid to draw, colour and create things on a daily basis (not much - I’m not going to lie - but it’s worth it to do what you love). People buy my art because they like it and it makes them happy - that is probably my proudest achievement.
Ten years ago I failed Art and now I can proudly tell people, when they ask me what I do, that I am an Artist.
So no matter the outcome today - Good Luck. You have an amazing journey ahead of you.