Hello New World,
I wanted to go in on a topic that I touched on, in a previous post. I don’t know if this will reach anyone, but I felt lead to hop back on this subject.
Money vs. Your Art?
I hope that my friend won’t get mad with me, but something is leading me to post this. I was talking to a good friend of mine, about life, and how hard it is to survive, as an artist, in a very political area. This person stated to me their feelings on “giving up on their dream” in order to survive. The concern was that his art was taking up time that could be used to make more money, or at least that is what I understood the conversation to be.
Today’s economy is extremely rough. Everything, price wise, continuously increases. Life is getting to be harder and costly.
Look, I will be the first to say “I get it!”
I make it no secret. I am a single mother. One daughter, and no help from her father. When I lost my job, in 2010, I was devastated. It was a blessing that I was in college, at the time. It helped me to find my love for graphics and photography. Every time I would receive a grant, I would take the money and buy equipment and take additional classes for graphics and photography. Needless to say, that at that time, I had time to create the images that I truly wanted. I had nothing but time and ideas. So, when I hear people giving Obama a bad rap for giving the unemployed a stimulus package, I stand up for that! I would put in at least ten applications, per day, because most employers see is “fired” or “termination”. Not all people that have been “fired” or “terminated” did something to deserve it. That is a whole other ramble.
My personal thought:
I can’t find it in my heart to tell anyone to give up on what they love. You never know where it may lead. However, we do need to survive. With that being said, I would say that if your art form is what you truly care about, then a personal life may have to take a back seat. I am quite sure that surviving with your talent, depending on the individual’s personal situation, it can be done with a personal life. In my own case, my personal life is non existent, so that is not a problem. I told my friend to continue with your dream. Anything that you have to struggle for, is worth having.
I don’t know, give me your opinion.