It may not be the same for other people, but I believe that another important factor in pursuing the arts is support. I remember receiving notebooks and lovely diaries when I was young, reading various kinds of books and my mother handing me money when I want to buy a magazine or planner.
When I was about to make that decision whether to pursue a degree in the arts, my mother was very supportive. My aunt, who supported me financially, told me to choose any course that I want. I believed I excelled because I took the courses and subjects that I was fascinated with. It was because of these lovely people who encouraged me to nurture my passion.