I am a photographer and photo journalist.
We would encounter everyone from the mayor of Rochester to a homeless veteran ... the Ceo of Kodak to a young black man doing roof work to support his growing family... from someone who runs an addiction center to someone who has addiction problems ... everyday I meet people that run the gamut of American society.
Here's the first step for high school students
First decide that Art is the path you want to follow, and make that commitment, then follow your nose....ask a lot of questions and listen.
"Do what makes you happy."