I am a 24 year old working at a big tech company in product management. I don’t love it but I have learned a lot of soft skills and earned good money and saved one years worth of expenses. In my free time, I have been spending the past 2ish years understanding where my passions are and what I do love to do. I am at the point where I am ready to make a career change.
I have taken classes in art, animation, character design, graphic design, screenwriting, and fashion/costume design. Out of everything, costume design is what I feel like I would really enjoy. I was commissioned to design for a dance showcase, and I really enjoyed the process of it even though it was stressful at points. But I had to take weeks off to have the time to do it. It also made me realize I need to take more classes since my skills were not there yet. But when I am sewing and designing, I am truly in the moment. It was a lot of fun working on that project.
My family is less supportive because they think I will do the same thing I am now and change my mind. I was feeling so sure, but now I am also concerned that I’ll make the same mistake and end up in something I don’t like. I am so so close to quitting my job and just jumping into the industry. But I’ve never worked in film and television before. I’ve tried to read up on it as much as possible. I know that costume definitely would pay way less than what I currently make, and I am okay with that, but I don’t know if I’m just saying that now and don’t truly mean it? I also know it’s really intense and long hours, but I am willing to work hard and work my way up. My game plan if I quit would be to find an assistant job on a film, take classes, apply for a costume design MFA program and hopefully attend a year later.
I don’t know if I need more time now and if I should first switch into something more creative within corporate (UX Design, which I do have a little experience in although it would still take a couple of months to make that switch) and build my costume skills while I have a stable job before making that transition. This would give me more time to plan and skill up and make sure this is what I really want. And maybe I might even find out I’m okay with just doing costume as a hobby and UX as a full time (although, I’m not super passionate about UX). Or if I should just make the leap into the industry that does feel right.
I’m just worried I’m not thinking this through enough, and the people closest to me (family) are very against me switching into costume. I would greatly appreciate an outside perspective from someone who doesn’t know me.
So my question is, should I be safe and first switch into UX design within my company? Or should I switch into the area that I am really interested in, costume design, and just commit?
Thank you !!!