Did I ever want to think about quitting grad school?
All the time. For both programs.
But I stuck them out. Now no one can ever take away my grad degrees from me, and they allow me to check a lot of boxes on applications that others can't.
Remember - things are cyclical. At some point, the Boomers will retire en masse. There's going to be a vacuum when they do. Jobs will appear. Funding will return for the arts. If you have the credentials and some experience under your belt when they do, you'll be in good shape.
Both grad programs I did blew me away with how completely consumed people let themselves get with the program. Keeping a healthy balance and some perpsective about things is the way to go. You'll stand a much better chance of keeping your sanity and living a fulfilling life if you can keep from having a stroke over whatever the daily drama (pun intended
) is in the department.