You’ve seen it… over, and over, and over again:
“What are you crazy what do you mean you want to be a writer (or put any artistic endeavor in place of writer) There is no money in the arts!”
“You will die a pauper artists are people who have failed academically.”
“You should get vocational training or go back to school until you crack it academically.”
“You are doomed.”
“You don’t want to be trouble in your old age.”
In fact, that is precisely what every wise person tell you, it all comes down to the fact that art or creativity is for DUMB people.
Or maybe that is my imagination but that is the feeling that I get and it’s not just the general perception held by the public but some people in the creative industry believe the same sentiments.
So much so, that many artists have bought into this prevailing dogma.
So you believe that you have to beg, you have to please donors and you have to adopt some weird persona in order to be considered an artist.
And maybe that’s correct the weird persona will get you noticed, and in the process it will unloosen the purse strings of the donors and you will get feted in western capitals and get to teach as some prestigious university so that you can survive and keep the demon of the hungry artist at bay.
There’s just ONE problem.