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“Successful” vs. “Starving” artist.

Notice how unusual it is to say that someone is a “successful” artist. Usually they are a “starving” artist. You never have to say that someone is a successful doctor or successful engineer or a successful plumber. It is assumed that they are successful. But artist? It is assumed that an artist isn’t successful. It is assumed that they are scraping by, just barely making it.
Why don’t we put more value on art? I mean real art. Art that is one of a kind, not mass produced. Art that is so amazing that it doesn’t match your sofa and you don’t even care. Art that is so amazing that maybe you even buy a new sofa to match it instead of the other way around.
Real art is one of a kind, just like the artists. It takes time to make and it takes love. That is worth supporting.
When you buy original art, you aren’t just buying the materials. You are buying the artist’s time and dedication to her craft. In the same way an Olympic athlete has to train many hours to get good at what she does, an artist has to work many long hours to get good at her craft. Good artists, like good athletes just make it look easy. It isn’t.
Notice that very few people get art scholarships, and many people get athletic scholarships. What do we need more of, arts or sports? What lifts our spirits and helps us see beyond ourselves? What shows us how we are all connected? I’m not saying to get rid of sports. I’m saying that arts need to be equally supported.
So go buy some art today. Or better yet – go make some. Art is for everyone, and it makes us better people.


4 thoughts on ““Successful” vs. “Starving” artist.

  1. I’m going to pick on football because it is so popular. Football is NASCAR with human bodies. Warren Farrell defines a gang as “an underfinanced football team.”
    Art is the very opposite. It is uplifting and inspiring. It is personal and creative, and it is an achievement. Much of it will last even longer than football injuries.


  2. Weird. I think WordPress did something funky with your comment when it sent it to my email. When I read it here it makes sense. I thought I’d given the wrong impression in my post and that you thought that I liked sports over art, which isn’t true. All makes sense now.


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