If you are an artist or want to be one, especially if you want to get into the VFX industry, you should watch this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lcB9u…
It touches on a few things I feel are important to understand as an artist and even as consumers of art:
1.) Art is not an exact science. It can be difficult to put a price tag on it, let alone the often very complicated processes of making it.
2.) Computers are tools that facilitate our work but they DO NOT do the work for us.
3.) Don't get into this industry for the money. If you go into this line of work, you do it because you love it. If someone happens to get lucky or has a really great idea and he/she hits it big, GREAT! Good for him/her. But don't go in expecting that to happen to you. Chances are it won't. If you are lucky, you will find a nice middleclass job you can support yourself and your family on for a while...... until....
4.) Unfortunately, a lot of employers see artists as disposable. When they no longer need you, they will kick you to the curb and forget about you. As far as I know, that's pretty standard practice. Be prepared when the big deadlines come in because that's when you're most likely to get the boot.
5.) This work is not easy. There will be nights when you are sleeping under your desk or not sleeping at all. Sure, you're not having bullets fired at you or anything but there will be 100hr work weeks and you may not see the outside of your cubicle for a long, long time.
Anyway.... I could go on and on. The video makes all my points for me and more poignantly at that. There were several points at which I teared up, maybe because it hits close to home.