Name: Marcus Lanyon
Degree and university: Sculpture, University of Gloucester; Ceramics and Glass, School of Applied Art, Royal College of Art Title, President of the Student Union, RCA and artist
Were you always interested in being an artist?
Both my parents are artists and I’ve been used to going around galleries and exhibitions since I was very young. However, I started off at Drama School before swapping to sculpture. In fact, my first love will always be sculpture and making objects. I’ve never been tied to any one material; I just love making things with my hands.
What do you like most about what you do?
The best things about being an artist are: ownership; being my own boss; and making my own week. I get out of it exactly what I put into it. It’s the most satisfying combination ever being able to do what I have always wanted to do, and having people look at it and hopefully liking it.
Are there any downsides to what you do?
The downside is actually one of the positives as well, and that’s the freedom. Sometimes it is very useful to get up every day and be told what to do. Just a simple, menial task you have to get done each day. This freedom to follow any path means you can get obsessed with things and get bogged down. You need self-discipline to monitor yourself because you can disappear off into some strange, artistic hole for months on end.
What would be your best piece of advice for other graduates entering this sector?
Be very clear-headed and ambitious about being successful. Graduates need to be able to get themselves across and market and sell themselves. Go and talk to people. Generate your own shows and set up your own sites.