red-lipstick: Hi Kristine. My name is barbara; I have just started following you. I think your photography is beautiful.
slightly-bent: Be an art major. I'm halfway through my first year at art school and I can tell you it's one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. If what you do is really that important you have to able to say "Fuck it, I'm not making any compromises". Being an artist is all about taking a chance and working your ass off for your passion. If you really love it you will find a way to make it work for you. Just some friendly advice from a complete and total stranger.