Asking for too much

If you hope that the art you make can also support your lifestyle, it may be too much to ask from art.

For thousands of years, you made art because you wanted to. You made art because it brought you joy, happiness, and meaning. As a result, you shared your work with the tribe to bring everyone closer together.

Today, in commerce, we look to make a living with art. There is nothing wrong with that. You should get paid for your work. However, this is no guarantee. Make good art because you must. Not because you get paid.

We create in the service of art. And what you may be yearning for more than doing creative acts is what comes with a big hit–status, money, and title. You may just want to leave your job and sit at a beach all day. You could still do that anyway. Art doesn’t owe you anything.