I think we all are. Do you have what it takes to be a Six Figure artist? Transcript. Keeping the discussion on arts personal and relationship based is key. It is so important for each of us to ‘listen to who we are’. And wonderful. It’s all about who … I dont know where this going to get me. They don’t need our anger, they need our love and acceptance. In reality, there is no rational support for not supporting the arts. There’s something about obscurity that we love in art. 😀. What you are doing is ‘Being You’. This is an awesome quote (hello tagline) –> “Sometimes we as artists need to be reminded, if art is about life, how can we have life without art?”. The glorified “starving artist” is a concept that was popularized by Henri Murger, who penned Scènes de la vie de bohème in the early 19th century. Show them how you can live a life as a creative adult. And that has so much to do with definitions of art, as you say. What, then, of obscurity and “art for art’s sake”? Watch kpcc.org's The myth of "the starving artist”: Reimagining a career in the arts on Livestream.com. Linda, thank you so much for sharing. Here’s an idea: Let’s let people CHOOSE the career that best suits their interests and passion, rather than tell people what they should or shouldn’t do. I did not see that report, I will definitely read it. Is this an ideal worth holding onto, or does it hold us back from our best work? And the good ones embrace this. They can’t hold that position and even listen to the radio. I am curious if you have seen a recent report released by BFAMFAPHD that showed how expensive arts degrees are compared with how few of those with arts degrees work in arts related fields. Art does not have to be obscure to be meaningful. The first step is to acknowledge your desire to be creative. Something that lit me up was being put down; I was told by someone of authority my interest was not valuable. But this hoax is corrosive not because artists have internalised it, but because of a culture that uses it to infantilise those who create for a living and neglect the material struggles they face. When a creative cares about marketing, are they selling out? I don’t have any art schooling, but I don’t feel like I’m worth less as an artist because of that. What art do they not support? This whole paradigm sets us up for creative shaming, and ultimately, a whole lot of regret. I understand this because we don’t like feeling unintelligent, or uncomfortable. But it was also what made Disney great and the secret to the magic of The Muppets. The starving artist myth is within your grasp to be broken! The Starving Artist is stubborn about everything. BE COURAGEOUSLY CREATIVE: How are the choices you make daily supporting or inhibiting your creative interests? What I think we all fear is not discovery of or compensation for our work. At least, it doesn’t have to be. The myth of the starving artist is limited and sadly propagated in the society. They are usually opposed to “that” art, or maybe someone’s seemingly strong arm tactics to leverage support for some ambiguous “arts”. Sounds like a pretty awesome place; will you join me? One popularly held myth is that artists cannot make enough to sustain themselves. Try to understand where their idea comes from… ask them: “why do you think that?” “What evidence do you have?” “Did you once enjoy the arts?” I find those speaking against the arts do need our empathy and support. I want this attitude to permeate our world. We rally around underground musicians and pride ourselves in listening to those who eventually become popular “before they went mainstream.”. As novelist Steven Pressfield says, “Money buys you another season to create.” It gives you time, which gives you options. Marketing is only evil when people use it for evil causes. Quiz: Starving Artist-Myth or Reality? This has amazing contrast to a Gallup poll that found 70% of American workers are “‘not engaged,’ or ‘actively disengaged’ and emotionally disconnected from their workplaces.’”. Choosing to embrace the Creator in you, honoring that in whatever ways you are able and choosing not to let it go, no matter who or what gets in the way. Action speaks louder than words. sorry for my english. You don’t have to sell out or starve. Love this explosion of the myth of the starving artist. I’m so glad you are part of Artist Think. Nicely stated! One where well meaning parents, teachers, or other authority figures tell them that their interest in the arts is “cute” or “great for a hobby,” but “what about a real job?”, This kind of interaction demeans creative interests. I dont earn much money like i want but im on my way…. The Muse may visit whomever she likes. But I think that we creatives are afraid that in caring too much about marketing or business, we will somehow lose the purity of our art. I’m so glad you have made the decision to embrace your creative interests and I look forward to hearing about the prosperity it brings you. The Starving Artist always works alone. For whatever reason, most cultures worldwide assume the arts are jobs without money and thus, without satisfaction. Thank you SO much for your thoughtful contributions. Where Do I Begin? I’m confident if people found and embraced their creative interests, our world would be more empathetic, peaceful and connected. The myth of the starving artist was a hoax." Yes, not everyone want’s to make a living from their art, but why isn’t it a choice free from judgment, for all? We have a chance to help change the world. When the world continues to tell us our arts based interests are unimportant, who can we turn to for support, acceptance and love? Then make a list of what lights you up. Fretful parents, who is better off?”. I hear many people too dismiss art they don’t understand or makes them feel alienated in some way. by Carrie Brummer | Why do the Arts Matter? It’s a challenge, of course, to be both marketer and artist, but one worth embracing. Sure, some artists were not wealthy. But im happiest than ever was. ... Jen says that “The myth of "being discovered" must be debunked. It lends the myth of the starving artist a heroic and spiritual dimension. Will you help? Why is it that so many people think we are going to end up living in a park, taking naps on benches if we decide on a career in the arts? Together it creates a space where people feel their art interests are unimportant or less valuable than other endeavors. Yet another institution based initiative that omits the arts.) Otherwise the… The "Starving Artist" is More Than a Myth- It's Actually Harming Artists - Visual Arts Reimagined - […] or even physical suffering. http://www.recordingstudionewcastle.com/art/Recording-Studio-Newcastle-Buskers-Case.jpg, 17 Easy, Powerful Prompts To Ignite Your Creativity, The Creative Power Of Incongruous Thinking. I’m not surprised so many people who are a part of Artist Strong have told me they feel guilty making time for themselves, especially when it comes to making time for their creative interests. Required fields are marked *. On average, more than 70% of professional artists like their work, while 70% of executives, doctors, teachers and other workers dislike theirs. When it came time to choose their last two years of classes, countless students who enjoyed art told me they had to take two sciences because their parents wanted them to become a doctor. [10:16] The freedom that working a side job gives to self-employed artists [12:16] How Ethan fell in love with his “side gig” [15:49] The superpowers artists have [17:33] How to know if art school is for you [19:54] Eventually, the naysayers will look at you and see that something has changed and a respect of sorts occurs and they become less vocal. If you’re ready to thrive as an artist, get the book now. Forget That 'Starving Artist' Myth -- They're Just a Little Hungry 10/11/2011 11:57 am ET Updated Dec 11, 2011 Let's lay out all our ideas about who and what fine artists are: They are by and large unemployed, and their professional training prepares them to be unemployable. For a time I pushed away my art interests, “because what was I going to do with them anyway?” I wish I could have asked him: “why do you think people in the arts aren’t smart?” or “Why is my interest in the arts unimportant?”. Intro [00:02:10] This is hello creatives from Art Hive magazine. Here are your hosts Jesse and Angela. It is all a matter of choice. The Thriving Artist collaborates with others. So very glad to know there is finally evidence to support what many of us have known in our hearts to be true! Lynn thanks so much for sharing. What does someone mean by “art” when they say they do or do not support the arts? But as a whole, this a limiting belief. People tend to evaluate their experiences of a product or service based on what is expected, so we need to understand both how we are serving the needs of others. Art for art’s sake was a creed of the 20th century bohemians, and on the surface, it sounds like a good idea. I worked in a school system where students had the same classes for the last two years of school. I from México. My latest book, “Real Artists Don’t Starve” is now available for pre-order. They want to avoid appearing sleazy or “self-promotional.” But the truth is artists have always had to worry about how get their work to spread. Many of us have this idea that the more impoverished and unpopular a creative person is, the better his work will be. We all know which programs are first cut from schools when times are tough. With access to tools and technology we’ve never had before, this is truly the best time to be creative. But what if that just wasn’t true? Same thing with this myth of the starving artist. After all, what kind of creative would confess to wanting to make as much money as possible off her art? Integrate your love of the arts into your life in a way that feels authentic to you. So we need to release that stereotype of the starving artist suffering for the sake of her work. I’ve never seen a “top ten reasons” or economic impact report for supporting the arts change anyone’s mind. For those of us who feel ashamed or guilty for making time for our art, remember that changing world values starts with one person at a time. This 3 minute quiz will instantly test your Well-fed artist savvy. Take steps today to honor your creative desires. A survey of over 13000 arts graduates found that 92 percent found work after they graduated and 70% of those employed in their creative interest were “very satisfied” with their job. Another implication of the starving artist myth is the physical and emotional misery an artist must endure to produce meaningful work. Joe thank you so much for reading. It starts with you. There is genuine satisfaction that comes from being creative: 70% of creatives are happy with their jobs based in the arts. Are there young people in your life? The best and most profitable innovations are often created when someone blends two or three existing ideas in … The pundits and pontificators who grease the wheels for this monopoly on creative expression by perpetuating the pernicious myth that “information wants to be free,” and the academics, from the security of their tenured positions, who propagate the even more damaging myth of the starving artist and “art for art’s sake.” Be the model you never had as a child. When we hold in our minds a certain ideal of what a creative person should look or act like, we put unnecessary obstacles in our path and do a disservice to the magic of creativity. I didn’t feel it was my place to say anything, but my insides screamed with frustration and even a bit of anger; I saw the disappointment in their eyes. But we cannot stop there. Well done! The starving artist myth is a limiting belief that's been passed on from generation to generation and it's about time we put an end to it. 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