What's Your Day Job? by Joey Ramirez.
It's not new to me, the way artists are generally viewed in our society. The way the word "artist" is usually associated with the word "starving." And if you happen to be an artist who can actually make ends meet with your craft, people think it's because of the money, sheer willpower and discipline you've put into it. Don't get me wrong: willpower and discipline are admirable traits but they're often an exhaustive source of an artist's efforts to get their creativity going. As for wealth, yes there's a certain amount of investment required such as classes, training, supplies, or mentorship (depending on your craft) but not everyone is lucky to have access to such things.
Being an artist- dancer, writer, painter, sculptor, singer, filmmaker, actor- in this country where fame and image is lauded over quality, originality, and talent, is a challenging dillema. Joey Ramirez sums up and makes a distinction in one part of his article:
"And I wish to differentiate it from the current obsession of young people to become artistas (celebrities). Yes, they dance, sing, act, but the companies that mold and train them do so with the view that these people are products, and are "training" to sell records, movie tickets, etc.
The prevalence of reality shows that are supposed to showcase budding actors and singers worries me, as most of the time, the "winners" are determined by text-voting, a clear-cut indication that their "appeal" is more important than the actual talent they supposedly bring to the table. The siren song of fame proves to be irresistible, judging by the number of young people who line up to be part of these shows."
|Me after discovering this alternate universe.|
Why haven't these people lined up for reality shows even if they got the entire package? I think true artists are looking for creative endeavors that would earn them respect from the creative community. They are artists who choose to be human than be products. They're admirably taking the harder but more fulfilling road. After all to be human is to be creative (and the other way around).
And now a little food for thought:
"Look around you. People are taking digital pictures. They're recording their own songs. They're shooting, editing, scoring movies. They're scanning artwork. They're writing essays. They're sharing stories and recipes and patterns and ideas. They're supporting each other, inspiring each other, feeding and cheering and promoting each other.
The only "problem"? Oh my God, no one's making money off all these blogs and personal websites and chats. So they can't be real. They can't count. If they were any good, they'd turn a profit, right?
Just like cave painters had three picture deals. Just like Shakespeare had licensing partners. Just like Mozart was a millionaire, Van Gogh was pursued by paparazzi, Nijinski had his own MTV pilot- for most of human history, creative people made creative things because they had to. Now, perhaps, we're getting back to and understanding of how essential and how human that is."
-excerpt from the essay "If You're So Great, Why Aren't You Rich?"
Note: I forgot who the author or which book this came from so forgive me, I failed to take note which is unusual 0_0. If anyone knows where this essay came from, I'd be eternally grateful.
Btw guise, here's another cover I recorded. Cee-lo's "Forget You", Pixie Lott's acoustic rendition. Enjoy!