Inspired by every student whose told they can’t be an artist because it doesn’t “make enough money”.
I usually don’t add to posts, but I mumbled under my breath in tags to the point where I ran out of tag space. Soooo…
While on the one hand, I agree with the sentiment — because I am lucky enough to have a job I love, even if it’s not my creative passion — if you cannot support yourself by doing what you are passionate about, and are not lucky enough to have someone in your life that can support you while you establish yourself, then you need to suck up and deal with a job that isn’t all about true happiness.
No, it doesn’t take a lot to be comfortable. But all those things depicted in that 20th panel? Are still expensive and for the most part out of reach for someone working for minimum wage. Hell, I make four times my state’s minimum wage, which is the highest minimum wage in the country, and I can still barely afford these things. That list also doesn’t include things like medical expenses, car insurance (if you need a car where you live), or student loans. Which, if you’re intending to make money doing what you love, you probably have student loans — either your degree isn’t advanced enough to get a job in what you love (which was my problem with my bachelor degree) or your degree doesn’t immediately apply to jobs that are available (I argue that a degree in philosophy or creative writing is one of the most valuable degrees for being a more complete human being, but there are no listings in the HELP WANTED section for professional philosopher). Or you found out that school wasn’t for you, and so you didn’t get your degree, but still have loans to pay back.
Or, if you have those essentials covered, now you need money to be able to buy the essentials for making money off what you love. Sure, a writer doesn’t need much, but an artist? Someone who works with any kind of physical material needs to be able to buy that physical material, in quality high enough that it contributes positively to a finished product.
I’m not even going to get into how difficult it is to make money off what you’ve made, either. I make a point of not haggling with artists I’ve commissioned, because so many people practically give their fruits of labor away because they’re desperate to make money. I even go so far as to tip artists when I don’t think they’re charging enough.
If you’re one of those who has worked hard and can now comfortably live off your creative endeavors, or proved yourself in your chosen field of study, then that is fantastic. But did it happen in a vacuum? Did you graduate high school and immediately start selling your short stories to magazines for a living wage? Did you pay your college tuition by selling prints of your photographs? Were you able to make rent with sketches? Or did you first suck it up and deal with a less-than-optimal job, and devote every single spare minute to your passion until the two could switch places?
Money doesn’t buy happiness, that is true. If your job is a bubbling well of hate and shit, you shouldn’t be doing it. You absolutely should devote as much time as you humanly can to doing things that make you happy. But until you get that book deal or save up enough to open that yarn shop or are pulling in enough from your stalls in the farmer’s markets to make rent…the money for the essentials has to come from somewhere.
Please note that this isn’t me saying that you should give in to pressure to major in business instead of fine arts or dancing or philosophy or chemistry or whatever it is that you’ve found your passion to be. No. Your education is for you, and your education should be preparation for you to go on in life, and if you know that a degree in psychology is going to make your life richer, then DO IT. My point is that you need to be prepared for a job market that may not mirror your passion, and that you’ll need to work to create a safe and comfortable place in which to practice your passion. Being evicted because you haven’t found an acting gig in six months will put you in a far worse state than if you spent three months bagging groceries during a lean time. It sucks, it’s true. But sometimes, you have to do what it takes — not to be rich, but to make enough money to survive.
I’m glad she said it and did it so well.
I’ve found a balance where I can create what I want for myself, live a fun and comfortable life and have a job that brings me pride.
My job is not my passion but it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. It’s not “artist or banker”. It’s whatever works for you to make you happy and give you a fulfilling life.
Money doesn’t buy happiness, but economists say that poverty makes it a lot harder, so, you know, that’s a thing. I know I certainly would have been happier receiving medical treatment for kidney stones than just… dealing with a whole shitton of pain.
So — sure, don’t do something that sucks your soul out and makes you miserable and makes you hate yourself. But at 35, I kind of regret taking the classes I loved instead of ones that might pay the bills.
This is what fireworks look like in the day time.
NO FUCKING WAY I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THIS BULLSHIT
This is the work of Cai Guo-Qiang, a Chinese artist who has done a lot of work with fireworks (daytime and nighttime), explosions, gunpowder etc. Both the rainbow and the black smoke explosions are deliberate, and involve materials more commonly used by the military; the smoke is not an incidental effect of fireworks.
Here’s a video of the event in Doha, Qatar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecSfzAOYAZM
Muslim knight with her Slavic love
YE OLDE ADORABLE LESBIANS <3
Fantastic art by Jemma Salume
happy international women’s day
Why isn’t there a white/Caucasian female? We’re supposed to be celebrating the endless and powerful spectrum of women all over the world.
Because not only do women of colour face oppression by men on a daily basis, they also face oppression by white people on a daily basis White women are very well represented in comparison to women of colour - they’ve had numerous TV shows that are white feminist-centric - eg Girls, Sex and the City and also movies like Mean Girls. A celebration of solely women of colour is necessary in order to empower us and bring us at least to the same status of white women.
Women of colour are not represented very well in white media, and are told to get their own shows but when they do get their own shows they’re told “wow, an all coloured show? isn’t that kinda racist???” In fact, white people make about only 30% of the world, meaning white women are 15% of the world’s population.
Basically what I’m trying to get at is if the white population represented women of colour better then we wouldn’t need a separate celebration of our achievements. But they don’t, so we do. It’s like that post about Mario Kart - you don’t get the blue shell if you’re already in first place. I’m sorry if this didn’t make sense, it’s 1:30 in the morning.
bless you for replying to this is a manner much better than i could have done.
The Eye of Horus
The collision between the Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy.
the grand showdown
Andromeda is a bit bigger than us. So when that happens, Andromeda’s black hole is gonna consume our black hole in a vicious act of galactic canabalism.
Which is an actual term used in astronomy apparently.
“Galactic Cannabalism” sounds like an electro/death metal fusion band.
Galactic cannibalism is one of my favourite astronomical terms, but it doesn’t beat the term used for the stretching out into a long thin tube that occurs when something falls into a black hole (spaghettification) or the term used for a rock thought to be a meteorite but which later turns out to be an ordinary terrestrial rock (meteowrong).
fuck astronomy remains to be my favorite thing
apparently we’ll survive this
i wanna go on a cat vacation
OMG this! Hee!
Writers end up writing about their obsessions. Things that haunt them; things they can’t forget; stories they carry in their bodies waiting to be released.
We’re currently doing PETER PAN: The Graphic Novel but before that we did Peter S. Beagle’s “The Last Unicorn” which happened to be Renae’s favorite movie of all time!
"If sweet, sweet God loves you so, then I will make you worthy of his love."
southern gothic is a subgenre of gothic fiction unique to american literature that takes place exclusively in the american south. [x]
…and is the only subgenre that has ever felt like home to me. Even the parts I hate. Even while I’m a whole country away.
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