I am sooo sick and tired of hearing people say stuff like, "don't waste your brains on a career in the arts", "she could do so much more with her smarts as an engineer or a scientist", "go to college first and make the most of your IQ" or "how can you ignore your genius just to be an Artist?"
I mean, how INSULTing, right??
Tell me if I'm out of line but in my opinion, Artists are among the smartest people on this planet!! I mean, I know a lot of Artists -- a LOT of Artists -- and I cannot think of a single one that I would call stupid.
Look, you don't graduate from Berklee or Juilliard or North Carolina School of the Arts or TISCH School of the Arts or YALE School of DRAMA with a crappy GPA. You'd best not even bother APPLYING to those schools if your GPA is in the toilet. Clearly, there are PLENTY of smart Artists in the world. CLEARLY, Artists need brains to succeed in the world, just like everyone else.
So what is really going on here?? Why do so many people assume that the arts constitute a lesser career path? What makes otherwise rational adults regard a career as an Artist a waste of a good brain??
I'll tell you what it is. It's FEAR.
Plain and simple.
People are AFRAID of the unknown.
People who have never explored their creativity, even as a hobby, have no idea what it's like to feel the passionate embrace of the creative muse. They simply don't understand the need to create and put forth creations into the world.
On the flipside, people who do create harbor a host of fears about judgement and scarcity and failure and success. They also assume that a so-called "conventional" career path like doctor, lawyer, banker, teacher, accountant, etc. is safer, more secure, more likely to succeed. Possibly, they don't know any Artists personally who are succeeding in their chosen career paths, so they have no idea how it works.
And then there's that giant elephant in the room.
The elephant that no one wants to talk about is what I call the bias of celebrity. Somehow, over the past hundred years and through the switch from industrial to information age, from post-war to modern era, we have developed a cult of celebrity. It's like we needed some sort of apolitical monarchy and celebrities simply stepped in and filled that gap.
Now, it appears that we have brainwashed ourselves into thinking that Artists have to be either celebrity mega stars OR they are starving. As if there is nothing and no one in between. Somehow, we ignore the simple fact of the Working Artist.
Here's the thing: MILLIONS of people around the world work as Artists EVERY DAY and we have NEVER HEARD OF THEM. They are not household names. Possibly, they never will be.
But who the EFF cares?? I mean, how many accountant celebrities can you name on one hand?? Please.
Celebrity status is IRRELEVANT to your career choice.
I propose that as Artists, it is our responsibility to encourage other Artists, regardless of IQ level, to go for their dreams with gusto. To plan, strategize, organize, train and take action towards their career goals, JUST LIKE they would for ANY OTHER CAREER PATH.
I propose that we support the arts in our communities and do whatever we can to promote the work of emerging Artists of all stripes. Working as an Artist is an entrepreneurial venture and we all want to support local businesses, right??
I propose that we work together to bring more of the arts to more people. Champion your fave Artists. Come out and see us perform locally. Talk us up online. Share our work where appropriate. We are working at the business of being Artists and bringing our gifts to the world. The more people recognize our value and the value of our work, the more we will recognize our own value and bring more of our work to the world. It's win/win, peeps.
Finally, I propose that this business is only as tough as we perceive it to be. Running an independent business as an entrepreneur -- which is exactly what every Artist does -- takes work and commitment and sweat and ACTION. Is it tough? Sure it is. Does it take time to build a clientele/fan base? Sure it does, generally three to five YEARS of SWEAT and FOCUS. Will your creative hobby magically become more than a hobby if you don't show it to the world and promote it consistently?
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© 2015 Pamela C Wills, Int’l
I'm Revolution Ringleader Pamela C Wills and I teach multi-talented creatives from around the globe how to use what I call #artitude to make their talent their business and make a living as Artists. If you want to make money as a successful entrepreneurial Artist, too, then download your FREE gift report, "10 Simple Ways to Market Your Art" at www.pamelacwills.com and start calling YOUR shots today!