Coubert said something like this “ I hope to live of my art, without moving an inch away from my principles, without having lied to my conscience, not even more a moment, without trying to have changed anything to please anyone or sell any easier”. What if you end up poor, struggling? Would it have all been worth it? Is it worth to die hungry waiting for recognition? What if you can sell enough art that pays for food, house, but keeps you in the mediocre level? Or just the bare minimum? How low can you go? Or better, how low are you willing to go? I don’t see why us, artists, can’t balance both acts.
The idea of creating art for someone else makes some artists cringe. But I really believe in combining talent with business. Unless you don’t want to live of your art, you can choose to keep your art as a hobby. And there is nothing wrong with that. If you have a job you like, that pays your bills, go ahead, create whatever you want to create. There are a lot of positives to this. But if you want to make your living from your art, you need to merge the business side. Otherwise, why make your life so difficult? You don’t need to cave in to the idea that all artists starve. There is a medium ground, you just need to be willing to go there. I believe, life is meant to be good, meant to be enjoyable. You should allow yourself to want to travel, eat good foods, have nice outfits, there is nothing wrong with wanting the best of life. It doesn’t make us bad people, we can have all of this, and still help the world. There is a beautiful balance dance here, of giving and receiving. And in order to do this, we all need money. You can get paid by doing something else you like or by your art. It’s up to you. But if you decide the latter, remember, you chose this path, now you have to deal with how it works. It’s like anything else that is exchanged for an amount, a business. The business of selling art or your services as an artist.
And if it’s art as a business your chose, it’s time to study marketing, sales, finances, customer service, etc. But who said those things can’t be fun? I have learned to love the business side too.
Thanks for reading.