Amanda, truth be told, when you finally get to do that really “cool” thing you’ve always wanted to do, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I’ve gotten paid very well to do creative work, (and still have a very creative job that people who have my same interests would love to have) but you know what? The grass is always, always greener. I love art, love creating art etc., but after a year long illustration gig I had at one point, I could not touch my paintbrush for a year. A…year. I didn’t even want any assignments; I was completely turned off to it. It seems that no matter what it is, if you have to do it, it takes all the fun out of it. (Currently, I’m pursuing astronomical wealth and the ownership of a small island chain…I really can’t see any pitfalls in that plan…)
And P.S. I know a lot of dolts with degrees, and a lot of brilliant people without degrees. In general, a degree to me only means you turned in your busywork every time you had to, by the deadline.