Tell me about your work. For the past 10 years, it's been masks, African-oriented faces and figurines. These days, a lot of Mayan influence, looking back at cultures where art had a different meaning than it does today. It wasn't a commodity that monied persons bought as investments, but a meaningful part of the community as a whole. I see myself as an artist and a part of a community.
What about the arts as a career? I wholeheartedly endorse it. It gives you the license to be a punk all your life.
Advice to those considering it? If you're going to survive it, have no expectations and don't get in it for the money. Being an artist is like being stuck in summer between eighth and ninth grade for your entire life.