Hi ae71386ae - welcome to GMAT Club - and you should be reassured. Your background is going to be VERY appealing to the adcoms, provided that:
a) your stats (GMAT quant in particular) show that you can handle the rigorous curriculum of a top bschool
b) you have good reasons for wanting an MBA
Stern and Columbia care about the career goals a lot (we assume that Columbia the other school we assume you're targeting - unless maybe it's HBS, in which case what we just said doesn't apply as much). We had a former opera singer apply to these schools several years back and she had a helluva time because she couldn't figure out what she wanted to do with her life. (She ended up in a really good place though!!) By contrast, in this past season we had two different clients from the publishing industry do quite well in the process - publishing is definitely not seen as a typical pre-MBA industry and they had some challenges in nailing down their respective pitches, but they got interviewed all over the places (and they ended up in really good schools too!).
The phrase we use for MBA admissions is, you want to be similar but different
. In other words, it should be obvious, without too much explanation, as to why you would want an MBA - someone with your profile should "fit" in bschool. But when you come at it with the different
angle - that's how you stand out.
It's like most blockbuster movies: They're mostly stories we've seen before, but with a new twist. Similar, but different. That's what (we assume) you've got - or maybe in your case, "Different, but similar" - which is even better.
Your profile is one that all the schools will be interested in - they will get bragging rights to talk about this awesome student in the Class of 2016 who was at a high-profile art house. If you play your cards right you could be in fine shape.
If we can help further please don't hesitate to ask!
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