During my freshman year (of college) I remember attending a panel discussion where different college graduates talked about their experiences after ungrad and grad studies. Lasting at least an hour, there is only one question and one response from that night that sticks out in my mind. A student posed the question about going after your passion (along the lines of picking a major & career choice that either was or was along the lines of your passion) while still be able to make at least a decent wage. I can’t recall if the student used an adjective like “rich” or anything, but they made it clear they wanted more than chump change. The answer from one of the panel members was distinct to say the least. He looked directly at the student asking the question and the rest of the audience and said, in a even tone, “Sallie Mae doesn’t care about your passion."
I can’t remember if the student made a reference to student loans in their question, but even if they did not, the response was pretty clear: Passion doesn’t pay the bills (at least not to Sallie Mae).
So should you follow your passion even if it’s not the most lucrative? For years I’ve had different people in my life (some important
and some just thought their opinion mattered when it didn’t) tell me how life is about finding what my passion is and making it my life’s work. “It’s not about the money, money will come and it won’t matter because you’re doing what you’re passionate about” they said. I think a lot of the people who said that complained about their lack of money, or were in a lucrative profession, though. Whenever you think of entertainers (musicians, athletes, actors, directors, artist, you get the point) you always hear or read how they “went after their dream” and now look-they’re a superstar, or more importantly to some, a rich superstar. For every success story there is at least a thousand others who had the same dream, the same goal and same drive to do the exact same thing, but for whatever reason it didn’t pan out. It seems like it’s hard to find that balance of doing what you love and earning as much as you’d like from it.
I might not be qualified to give an answer to whether or not passion pays the bills since I’m still a college student and I don’t really have any bills. Maybe if your passion is to pay your bills, then it all evens out.