In my roles as tech entrepreneur and engineering executive at companies such as Groupon, I can say that I’ve hired many talented software developers who were trained as artists — musicians, visual artists, writers. The skills and work discipline acquired while mastering an art are very transferable to other creative fields.
One of my partners at a previous tech company wrote a book about designing your own apprenticeship program. The book is aimed at people trying to break into, or get better at, software development but the skills are largely transferable to any creative “maker” field.
This would be a good one to read after finishing Real Artists Don’t Starve.