Hi Lauren (I found your name through your comic—you’ve got some funny stuff on there), thanks for thinking highly enough of me to ask me for career advice, that’s really flattering.
I don’t know your situation or what happened during your cinema major that shook your confidence, so I can’t really comment on that. But if you have as great a passion for sexual health education as you do for comics, you might be able to exercise greater control over your career path with the former.
Here’s what I can tell you from my own experience about a career in art: Regardless of skills or qualifications, landing regular jobs with steady income is tough. Even with a stack of reliable contacts to call upon, there are lean, lean times. When times are tough, it helps greatly to have a partner who has a steady job.
At the risk of sounding like my parents, you can always pursue a more practical line of work, and nobody in the world can stop you from still making your comics.
And if, like me, you decide to throw caution to the wind and decide that pursuing a career in art is what you HAVE to do for your own satisfaction and sanity, then it isn’t really anybody’s place to say whether or not you’re making a mistake. You’re only 20, and you still have lots of time to figure out what feels right for you.
I know this is all platitude-sounding stuff, but it’s true. Just do you, you know what I’m saying?