Inspired by every student whose told they can’t be an artist because it doesn’t “make enough money”.
I believe that this is a very good point. I was actually just recently thinking about this, too.
just buy a fucking yarn shop. it doesn’t matter if you don’t have any business experience just buy a fucking yarn shop dude!!! what’s that? you don’t have enough money to buy somewhere to open a shop? just get a loan from the bank. they hand out money to everyone for everything, you don’t have even have to pay them back. surely they’ll give enough money to open up a yarn shop to someone with zero business credentials or a well developed business plan, after all, bankers are extremely wonderful people. open up a fucking yarn shop
Okay, shut the fuck up for a second. Maybe you can’t jump straight to a yarn shop but you can learn and work your way there. I’ve always known I wanted a job in the arts. Yes, I had to change courses when I got really sick and for medical reasons had to kind of jump ship from music to photography.
I kind of tripped into photography by accident, my first real non intern job (all of which were as a like an assistant conductor or whatever) was at a studio, and it kind of stuck. 9 years later I’m a contract photographer and a freelancer. There were times where I worked other jobs, because it paid the bills, really awful jobs like fast food, and jobs I loved like working at a theater, and jobs I would rather not talk about like build a bear and other more questionable things. I tried doing other things, I tried desk work, I tried telemarketing. I’m most happy behind a camera, so I find ways to make it work.
Now, 9 years later, no I am not by any means rich, but I am comfortable. Yes I’ve done some secondary education but it’s a handful here, and a handful there, and I debate the value of it at all. There are clothes on mine and my partners back and we eat and have a place to sleep. Our rent gets paid, we have gas, internet, and most of the things we want within reason. Yes, I still do contract gigs. No, not all of them are what I wish I was shooting.
But, I know this: I am creating art, usually 5 days a week. That art is what is paying my bills, and it is art that has been paying my bills. Not only that, but it is something that customers have cried over because they love it so much, hung up on their walls, and valued and treasured. Yeah, sometimes I wish I spent more time with cosplay photography, or surrealism or other projects, but I have a whole future to work away from contracts and get into self employment. Babies pay my bills, and shooting an amazing session, and making people happy still makes me feel satisfied at the end of the day.
As far as the yarn shop goes? I know a girl who loved knitting. No she didn’t buy a yarn shop, but she did quit her day job to knit stuff for an etsy shop that is now highly popular. Take of that what you will. You can be an artist and not starve to death most of the time, it just takes a bit longer than a week or two, even a year or two. Keep at it.
That is awesome for you, but that’s not how it works for a lot of people. Yes, keep trying to get into what you want to do, but you can’t just assume that what you want to do in life will work out and just go for it. For a huge amount of people being able to even get a job flipping a burger is the only thing that keeps them from starving.
I get the intent behind the comic, but the attitude that people should just go and do what they want to do isn’t based in a reality that most people have available to them. It’s the myth of the “hard work and you can get what you want” which is not true for a huge amount of the world.
Just keep in mind, I mentioned in my post that I did flip burgers, and work retail, and do a lot of other things to pay the bills during, inbetween, and after. Heck, I moved cross country to live closer to my partner and also because there was a better learning market out here. I took risks, I moved on about $1,000 plus airfaire, and then worked at a five guys that I got hired at over the internet thanks to a intercompany transfer which was a dumb choice. Those risks paid out, but they might not always. The point of it is, keep trying. Even when I worked at horrible places like JC Pennys, and Sears, and Picture People, I was learning skills that make me able to do what I do now. Even when I was flipping burgers, and making stupid teddy bears, I was becoming more hireable for another job that I did want because I was good with cash, or was notably good with kids. I understand that if something happens with my current contracts, I may wind up back in retail or other things, because bills, and that’s okay.
Hard work doesn’t always pay out. Hard work paying out is a load of crap. But hard work sometimes teaches you the skills to allow you to get ahead the next time. Everything is a learning experience. As I said, it doesn’t take a week or two, or even a year or two. But: the whole comic’s point is don’t give up on the possibility of doing what you love, even if you have to do something that you don’t like for the right now, because that is just really a grim way to live your life.
You had me up until:
the whole comic’s point is don’t give up on the possibility of doing what you love, even if you have to do something that you don’t like for the right now, because that is just really a grim way to live your life.
And that mindset really makes me uncomfortable, because it tends to be that a person should shoot for what they love, and if they don’t they’re missing out.
Mediocrity is not a bad thing. Getting by is not a bad thing. Never being able to reach what you imagined for yourself is not a bad thing, and I think it’s unhealthy to tout the idea that people should always follow their dreams.
The reality of the world is that often you can’t get what you want the majority of the times. Do what you can manage, and if you find out that you might one day have the capital or the opportunities, that’s cool. But I really dislike the “follow your dreams” “do what you love” “you can be anything” mentality, because it’s not reality at all, especially if you look at the slant of the world’s wealth.
We all want to imagine that maybe we can be x thing that we’ve always wanted to be, or be in x industry, but in the majority of cases that requires money - and unless there is a huge revolution in the world, the vast majority of the world population will never achieve those dreams without the money to further them.
I was never told I could “be anything I wanted” growing up, because that’s a lie.
I’m not doing what I love. I will never be able to; I will be in debt for the remainder of my life unless a miracle happens. Most people I know never get what they want out of life, and those who are most bitter are the ones who believe they should have instead of accepting that life doesn’t work that way. It isn’t grim for me to accept that I will never have money, that I will never do what it is that I want to do no matter how much I take risks or work for it.
That just isn’t how reality works.
Edited to add:
Even when I worked at horrible places like JC Pennys, and Sears
…Sears =/= horrible, I’m sorry. That just really bothers me. A lot. If it weren’t for Sears we’d be on the street.
^agree. This picture set is a very close-minded point of view, for one thing, it never mentions the true importance about talent, and also because you never really know what you might be passionate about. For me, I’m most passionate in dance and singing, but I know I’m never going to make it as a dancer or singer just based on sheer talent. I started working at a tea company and even though I never really knew anything about matcha before I took the job, I found that I absolutely love my work and I love what I do.
If I had the mindset that I HAD to become a dancer or singer no matter what, I would have ultimately missed out on something that I learned to love.
These sorts of people don’t realize that behind EVERY product and service that they use in life, there are people working in that industry. Do you believe every person working to make nuts and bolts is passionate about nuts and bolts? Or people that make paper clips, coat hangers, cardboard boxes, or water bottles grew up thinking they wanted to work in these industries? These people cover essential industries so you can live your daily lives like you’re used to.
In the end, these people found their reasons to keep working, whether it was because they fell in love with their job or they needed to work that job to survive. Yes, keep looking until you find that job you truly love, but don’t be so close-minded with your career just because it’s not your passion. You never know what you might fall in love with.
I love you all, that’s why.
Aww. This so nice!
Surely a lot more people could use this
(I, for one.)
Check it out, yooo
Haha didn’t realise I actually had very little confidence until I read this..