Inspired By Every Student Whose Told They Can’t Be An Artist Because It Doesn’t “Make Enough Money”

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Graham Hull said...

I love this ��

filmshooter said...

with tears in my eyes, I'm saying thank you.

Annalisa Bristol said...

Thanks a lot.

Annalisa Bristol said...

Thank you for reading this. I wish you all the best and hope all your dreams come true.

Ms.Greene said...

What if doing what you love can't afford you a home?

Dave said...

Platitudes are all well and good. But bills still gotta be paid. If you can find a way to make a living doing what you love - more power to you. But be practical and get skilled in something that can make you a living in addition to your art (or whatever).

Allison M. said...

This is sweet, but realistically, most people who aren't quite talented at something highly economically desirable will have to settle for "do something you don't hate", and make time for a fulfilling hobby on the side.

Hydrochloric said...

This is ridiculous. How does liking to knit give you the ability to effectively run a small business? Where are you going to get start up costs? Is the interest in exotic yarn high enough to actually support such a business?

Following your dreams of being a "special little snowflake" is fun and all, but it won't keep a roof over your head. How about instead of throwing it all away in a flight of fancy you instead leave yourself a safety net?

Want to be artist/sculptor? Learn and get certified in welding.
1) Welding itself is an art. 2) You can make $25/hr at your day job and still make art at home. Art that most people can't make because they can't work metal like you. They will respect you for it. How many people look at art displays and say "anyone could make that!" No one will say that about your welded up metal fucking dragon.

Find something you love to do and then find a way to get a real job that supports it. If you are actually good at your hobby then eventually you can save up and open that yarn shop or whatever. But, you will always have the safety net to fall back on.

alysianfields said...

thank you. the idea that following your passion is the ONLY way to live is elitist and ignorant. as long as you keep an aspect of your passion in your life, you will survive and thrive.

DevinSidell said...

Hydrochloric you're right about one thing, at the end of the day you still need some practical form of earning a living. But I think you missed the real point of this article and still thinking about it in a linear problem solving fashion. The article is not simply saying to do what you love even if it makes you live paycheck to paycheck or even be homeless for that matter. It's explaining that everyone has a choice. People choose to work jobs they hate, no one told them to do it. Everyone who has a paid job right now has chosen to work at that job and it's their own fault if they don't like it, not the company's. No on'es tying them to their cubicles. We like to build false realities for ourselves and come up with excuses to help deal with the difficult things in life, it's human nature. It's a way to deal with the BS they know they're just about to given from way up the hierarchical pipeline. In the end though, it's about finding a balance. If someone truly does something they love than "work" doesn't exist, it's "fun". When someone leaves their house in the morning and says, "I'm going to go have fun today" and it's not the weekend, then that person has done what very few people ever have. They found that balance. Life should be about having fun and not about trying to plan every little thing so that you have "safety nets". I'm not saying don't have back up plans and make decisions blindly. I'm saying that everyone has that little voice in their head telling them what to do and most of it is ignored because "money will fix everything". No one cares how much money you make or what kind of car you drive or how big your house is, really, they don't. People care about who you are as a person and the good things you've done in your life.

Hydrochloric said...

So are you saying we should think about life in a non-linear non-problem solving manner? Well that does explain some things about the growing homeless population.

Lets get something straight here, there is a spectrum of "work." On one end you have somebody who HATES every single second of their job. On the other end you have somebody that LOVES every minute of it. Your hypothetical person that has "fun" constantly while doing their "work" is not someone who has found a balance. They are the 0.0001% of people lucky enough to have found the end of the rainbow. A truly "balanced" person has a decent job and fun on the weekends.

Money doesn't matter as long as I'm a good person? Look at Bill Gates. That dude does more good in a single day than me or you could do with the rest of ours lives BECAUSE he is rich as hell.

DevinSidell said...

So now you're saying money = good deeds? Do you think Mahatma Gandhi had billions of dollars to do all his good deeds? More people will remember Gandi for what he did without money than what Bill Gates does with money. I also didn't say anything about non-problem solving life direction. I meant creative thinking is more powerful than someone who looks at life in a black or white manner, but apparently creative thinkers are part of this "growing homeless population" you speak of because they can't deal with life in the same way someone in accounting does. Everyone has their own definition of "balanced" I agree absolutely but how can someone who describes their job as "decent" be truly happy. Oh because weekends make up for the fact that they kind of dislike their job, which will eventually become hate. It's not about being lucky to find something you like all of the time, just listen to your gut feeling about where you are in the world and it can guide you to where everything feels right. Nothing can ever be 100% good, the strive to find something close should be motivating enough to push yourself in a positive direction and prevent being unhappy.

Hydrochloric said...

1) Paragraphs. They are a real thing. Get with the program.

2) Reading comprehension. WORK ON IT.

Who is doing more good in the world? The person that strives for personal happiness in everything they do and ignores money or the guy who spends his life building an empire and then gives it way?

"Everyone has their own definition of 'balanced'"

While technically true, that's also complete bullshit. That is just your excuse to define "happy" as whatever you happen to think it is today. Every person defines it differently but "completely ignoring money and doing whatever I want" is not in the fucking middle of the road.

DevinSidell said...

Wow lighten up there Francis. That sounds like a response from the exact person this entire article was about in the first place. Trying to sound more intelligent with bashing my writing and using it to make your response sound viable isn't the key to making anyone believe you. You're taking the true meaning of this article way to seriously and can't even get beyond your own narrow vision of life and money . All I wanted to do was share an opinion. You want to start an argument. I never once said you were wrong, just that you were taking the message of this comic to a level beyond what the artist was intending.

Hydrochloric said...

So my idea sounds viable and that threatens your worldview so you result to attacking me personally. And yet somehow I'm the narrow minded one here.

By the way, it's 2014 is calling someone "Francis" still an acceptable insult?

kinnoth said...

People put too much emphasis on happiness, like achieving that somehow blanks out all other problems or considerations that make up surviving this goddamn life. Yeah sure, money won't buy you happiness, but it does buy you safety and comfort and some peace of mind, and that itself is some species of happiness. So your boring wage job doesn't give you spiritual/artistical fulfillment. As if that's the only concern worth taking into account. As if all other aspects of life will just magically be taken care of for you as long as YOU find what makes YOU happy.

No one's gonna take care of you, sweetheart. No one's gonna save you when the shit comes down, so you better have a fuckin plan, or at least the means to get yourself a plan. "But I love knitting; it makes me happy" isn't going to do a damn thing when crisis comes to your door.

moneybagz said...

yea them yarn stores blowin up the NASDAQ

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