The Business Of The Well-fed Artist

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If I may chime in on what I am over and done with as an artist, I am through with the term "starving artist" and am prepared to replace that with "well-fed artist." A few days ago I spoke with a prospective shopper of mine who was a painter, and among 30 seconds I had heard all the stereotypes of the starving artist.
"I've got no money."
"I can't start something right now."
"I've got to go through some turmoil first."
Once hearing this, I have to admit I wished to slap him however I also knew to respect his wishes on how he needs to live his life. Still that last statement bothered me the most. And I do not understand concerning you, however the last time I checked there were 2 sides to life--good and bad. And if art imitates it, then why should the "turmoil" invariably come first? Could not or not it's the opposite way around? Furthermore while some people are fortunate enough to possess just an excessive amount of abundance and blessings in their lives, why cannot that befall upon the artist?
What I am seeing is that a majority of artists continue to shop for into their own self-fulfilling prophecy--that they have to suffer so as to produce sensible works. But what we fail to recognize is that this thus-referred to as suffering doesn't must be the kind where you live out of your automotive and hustle for auditions to urge that massive break. Positive it makes for a nice biography but what concerning the "sensible works" that we tend to appear to be thus tunnel-visioned on however can't create and share? Let me divulge on a little secret.
Suffering is not any other than life itself. It's merely having the ability to live your life and to appreciate the up's, down's, and everything in between. Do you think the corporate executive even at a highly reputable company doesn't feel defeat and disorder from time-to-time? Suppose again. That executive presumably goes through just as much if not even additional turmoil than starving artists, but just does not categorical it through a medium like oil and canvas. Instead they may take it out on the golf ball or jot it down in their personal diaries.
But it's expressed there is still a distinction between you and them I must address. They are well-fed and you are not. However you recognize what? You'll be well-fed too. You can get a good-paying job to stay yourself well-nourished while you specific your art, except you're not doing it to the golf ball. You'll also learn slowly how to speculate your earnings to make up a sensible wealth account to supplement costs associated to improving your craft. Falling back on the clich? that either life imitates art or art imitates life (In my book it's both.), you've got to live life in order to create the art that imitates it. Starve yourself and your art conveys starvation. Feed yourself with real life expertise and not only can your art be crammed with meaning, you will be a well-fed artist as well.
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This article was published on 2010/10/21