Money and art
It's obvious to buy art one must be rather wealthy. But to produce it, the creative person at least should have a source of money that is paying the rent and bills.
How to achieve this? I have no idea. I have been blessed to be born in a family with significant wealth in the history of the family line going back but have no means to support myself apart from benefits.
I do not get sales on articles that often I write. I am not paid to blog. I do not have a million followers offering me crowdfunding, affiliates or sponsorships. I am not on the zero grounds here.
But I try to educate myself further. Once I've had my student loans paid back by sitting there and rolling my eyes, I still have to educate myself more for a better chance to work in something that is even loosely based on art and culture. My financial situation would be a raging disaster if it wasn't for my family heritage.
Every rich kid is an artist wow zala bang! Quite a claim to make? But at least I am honest. I have starved, I've traveled without a budget and now I am making a film without absolutely no money but still I wouldn't lure myself into buying talent, creativity or true artistry on money.
It comes from within. No matter what the financial situation but you have to take account I wouldn't recommend this to anybody. New equipment costs a lot: for example I just got donated a new camera I could've only dreamt to afford myself. Travel for PR costs a lot, so does everything else. My only resort is not to pay to write, I as a professional expect to make some income out of it.
But now typing this on a school day in an open office I with most delightful honesty guarantee I hope you wouldn't try this at home. Despite the major fall-outs I have had in my family and with my friends due to my career choice and the monthly poverty I face and the official, annual employmency I have to live with, I do recommend not to get into the creative industry.
It might be my works are found as art decades after (I have passed away). Good grief who knows if even this post will be only read then. There's absolutely no guarantee of the money flow coming in if you are a freelancer - and even if you promote yourself, your brand and your work really hard. There's no promise of a wealthy mesenate paying your gallery rent or your first film preview. In this industry you need somebody with hard cash behind you to make it.
Truth might hurt. There are many grants, funding plans, loan systems, crowdfunding and other sponsorships available but making an established name of yourself and becoming a money earning artist is a long run to people I know, at least, and me. Without a name in the spotlight or written in the stars one might wait for that one breakthrough for the rest of her or his life.
Money is not the reason I am an artist. It has never been. I have been naïve in my past about becoming one not understanding what is the financial reality of artist that are prone to homelessness, living on streets, renting homes with cockroaches in, staying in dodgy places and investing every penny they have on new pens, for example, to draw, and to let the passion lead the way. This is not a promise anybody will ever help the artist out. First the artist has to market the art work, which, usually, costs or make it big way on the art market by being found. It's like: how many unemployed actors can you find in Hollywood, LA?
Please do take this writing a provocation. Create, for free, a discourse, discussion, uproar, stand your grounds and talk! Please be brave to offer (me) solutions, write with sincerity about your own life or how you have perceived other creative people tackle down the issues with money or how they haven't. I am looking into new opportunities, new openings, new conversations on this debatable topic and my approach to it. Please be free to say what you want to say. Let's worry about hurt feelings later, if at all!
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