If you have talked to an artist, leaned over, head tilted, eyebrows raises in concern, and in a small voice asked: “How can you manage? How much do you make? Can you make a living doing art?” This post is for you!
I’m insulted by most people’s prejudices regarding artists, almost as if they think that I live off their tax dollars. Money is a delicate subject no matter what field you are in, would you ask non-artists how they can manage? (Is that being rude or what?)
That said, no one chooses to be an artist for money, everyone knows that most artists also have to use their creativity to find income. And that’s what I have been doing!
But first; I must say I am bored by the image of artists as miserable,
starving beings, that need help .While it might have been true in the days of Van Gogh, those days are long gone, today offers many fun and bankable opportunities for artists, besides selling their artwork. …while we are at it, let’s also kill the myth of the red-wine drinking, tormented artist, that spend most of their life waiting for inspiration. Most artists I know, are so ambitious and hard working that they are not even fun to party with.
So, next time you talk to an artist, think twice, or you might just be showing how little you know about the artworld. Some might even think you are a bit stupid.
Be smart and ask something like this: “Besides painting, what other supercool art related jobs do you do?”