I often hear the following two comments:
- Wow, it must be great being a successful artist, doing what you want and living such a creative free life!
- How can I be successful in making my art? I spend money and time and have TEN JILLION followers on some BS social media platform and yet I still am not “making it”!?
Just because you love something does not mean it necessarily has to provide you with money, happiness or satisfaction. “All expectation leads to unhappiness”…. (thank you Buddha.)
This is an excellent article and should remind everyone that doing something for the joy of it is enough. Being happy is enough. And making it as an artist and making money can turn something you love into just… work. Remember that working artists stress just as much as other professionals, but without the job security and benefits.
The Hustle and the Gig economy can be a real trap- don’t buy in.
My favorite quote from the article: “Adam J. Kurtz, author of Things Are What You Make of Them has rewritten the maxim for modern creatives: ‘Do what you love and you’ll
never work a day in your life work super fucking hard all the time with no separation or any boundaries and also take everything extremely personally.’ ”
Make art that makes you happy. If you can make some money, great… but remember you got into art because it made you happy first.
Viva la Revolution-