Week 11: Art or Programming...?

 It isn't all the same.

It isn't all the same.

Sigh. I keep switching my dreams around. One week I justify it to be art. Another it's programming. I've swapped my dreams around four times this year. I'm normally driven towards my goals. For someone who's known what they've wanted to do in life since they were a kid, these changes are rough.


However if I do programming, I’ll definitely make it.”
— me, Jan 26

First Change: Jan 26th, 11pm flying to LA. Jan 26th is Australia Day. I said farewell to the Australia's night sky which had been lit with fireworks. I chose to leave the country on the day Australia celebrates itself. The date and time are symbolic and memorable.

I had spoken to a good friend about my options. On the drive home I convinced myself and was 100% sure I wanted to do programming. My thoughts were "Hell- I don't even like designing while at work. Why would I want to be an artist anyway? I probably won't make it this year. However if I do programming, I'll definitely make it." Which settled to "I'll just do a semester of art and see how I go. I'll test the waters." 

Programming was a definite. It also made money. Art is a flaky option. It struggles to make money.

I was settled in programming and 'testing the waters' in an American life.


Second Change:

I can learn programming ‘anytime’. I can’t learn art ‘anytime’. “
”I was certain should do art this year.
— me, Early Feb

Within the first few weeks I decided that I should use this time in LA to do art. The thing is- I can learn programming anytime. I can't learn art anytime. It then becomes logical to maximise my time learning art here, and then pursue programming later.

Being surrounded by a house of six artists and their mentalities, I became hooked. I was certain I should do art this year.


 
I’ll be able to learn art after first becoming a programmer.”
”However, if I do art first will I really get the same opportunities?
— me, 28th Feb

Third Change: I told a previous academic supervisor that I had been considering a programming career. I received an email from him on the 28th Feb. In casual passing he wrote "You should go for the cash-not everyone has a math-bran (me least of all). "

The cash meant programming. It made sense. I have a math/logical brain. Within programming I could go far. I was already learning fast! I should do programming!

It sounds like a get rich quick scheme. I would get money, and it would be quick. I should be a programmer! Forget art!

The pay is quite high within programming. I could work 20 hours a day instead of 40! I'll have flexible time. Using that time I could do anything. I'll be able to learn art after first becoming a programmer.

However, if I do art first will I really get the same opportunities?

Therefore it's a simple decision. Programming first. Art second.


 
I can’t get a sponsored visa if it doesn’t relate to a Masters in Architecture”
”Maybe I should maximise my time here learning art?
— me, 21 Mar

Fourth 'Change':

Yesterday I was thinking I could get a sponsored visa for programming. Then I could stay here in LA and learn art. I could go to any of the art schools while working as a programmer. CDA, Brainstorm, or whatever I want. I've met some cool people here already. I would meet more cool people here. I would be happy.

However, today I looked at the nitty gritty.

I can't get a sponsored visa for programming. Therefore, my old plan gets thrown outside the window.

I can only ever get a sponsored visa if my job correlates to the specific skill set my degree is in. My Masters in Architecture cannot relate to programming. Specifically not Javascript, or any of the 'easy to pickup' high level languages.

If i did computational design, perhaps I could use my masters for a sponsored visa?

Then I would be breaking into computational design in architecture... Just to learn art?

I can't get a sponsored visa if it doesn't relate to a Masters in Architecture... Ugh. I can't get a visa with programming. In this case maybe I should maximise my time here learning art?


Quarterlife Crash.

Which should I do? Programming or Art? Ultimately I'd like to be able to do both. But that's probably not a wise short term option.

To be continued...


This week for programming I picked up some GIT. I use command line like a boss.

I also started learning some more jQuery to understand a FCC project.

I didn't really do much programming this week. I don't even feel bad... That's the worst part.