What makes an artists lifestyle something to be envied?
Well now that’s a great question isn’t it?
- Is it being able to sleep in and get up whenever you feel like it?
- Or having wild arty parties
- Perhaps it is all that spare time we have
- Or not having any boss
- Is it that an artist’s lifestyle is envied because we seem to be so free or unafraid to be different?
- Do you think artists are living their dream and that is unattainable for most people
- Artists seem to live a life of freedom
The True Realities Of The Artist’s Lifestyle
Of course some of the above are true, however in reality they are possibilities rather than what happens on a daily basis.
- We can sleep in, but like any other job, that doesn’t get the work done.
- We do have a boss and that is ourselves, a much harder task master than you might ever imagine. There is no one else to discipline us if we are late for work, or make us go out and approach the galleries, or simply show up on front of the easel.
- The wild arty parties, well I can’t speak for all artists of course, however most of us seem to slow down some what after we get past about the mid twenties or certainly into the forties, once one has children and a mortgage. Yes artists do have those you know.
- As to a life of freedom – if you only knew – we are harried by the creative muse, chronic self doubts about our talent or lack of it, caught in the cycle of creative exhilaration or totally blocked and a lack of financial freedom for many but the few very successful ones. Most artists have their art biz and other work which pays the bills.
- There is always that tug of war going on about how authentic you are going to be to your creative vision when you get to the canvas, or are you going to paint for money because the two while not necessarily mutually exclusive, are often at loggerheads.
- An artist is an entrepreneur – an artpreneur if you like. With that job description, goes all the risks and stresses that go with any cutting edge business. There is fierce competition and a limited number of commercial galleries willing to show one’s art.
- One must look at different revenue streams and alternate places to show your work.
- This is not for the faint hearted!