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Art As A Career

Here is the low-down when contemplating Art as a career.

ART IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!

Now before you object to what I just stated ... hear me out first. More than any other profession, persons pursuing Art as a career, generally enter in from a romanticized viewpoint. They usually are unaware as it relates to what will be required or expected of them. This article is not meant to be a deterrent; but instead, a more realistic view of the art industry.

Typically, entrants are overly optimistic. They are of the view that not only will they be doing what they love, but earning a substantial income from it. However, after being in the field a spell, it is realised that despite all their time spent improving their craft ... without proper exposure, they are fighting an uphill battle. This is usually, about the time that you are able to differentiate, the true artist from 'the dabbler'.

DABBLER VS TRUE ARTIST

A Dabbler is that person who looks to experiment, but refuses to invest more than the minimum, without seeing a turnaround. They are likely to calculate the hours spent working on a project, and compare the monetary benefits to that of being in another career path. Nothing is fundamentally wrong with that mindset. In fact, that person is one who is thinking with their head. A true artist on the other hand, is more inclined to think with his heart. The dabbler then becomes disenchanted as time progress; then quits. The true artist, becomes even more persistent; more dedicated and passion-filled. He continues to pour in even more of his effort, more of his time, and yes, even more of his money. In fact, he is willing to invest whatever it takes; just to be able to engage in that which he loves. A quite devastating predicament, to tell you the truth.

DYING TO BE APPRECIATED

Imagine if you will, spending every waking moment, perfecting your craft; until one day, you are no more. All that remains, is your hope that one day, your work will be discovered by a world, truly ready for it. So in essence, there was no real appreciation for the Artist while he was alive; yet through his body of work, he is able to leave an indomitable mark on this world, for all to see. If you had asked me ... I would say that this is the ultimate sacrifice as it relates to career-selection.

What are your views? What do you agree on, and what did I fail to mention? Share your thoughts in the comment section below; so together, we can view the big picture, as we travel aboard the Artistic Xpress!


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