Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Art IS a job
I quit my teaching job to pursue art full-time this past June so it feels a little strange not going into my "regular" job every morning, and it's a little hard to get used to my new employment status after doing the same thing for 13 years. I blame that for my verbal slip-up on my employment status. I'm not quite used to the title "artist" yet. Despite my own slips, I am a full time artist and that IS a real job. I do go to work during the day. I have a regular work schedule with deadlines and appointments. I am employed, even if it is SELF-employed.
It's hard to get out of the mindset that making art is not a real job. Why is that so? Okay, so I may not be getting a regular paycheck, but does that make what I do not a "real" job? Do I not work just as hard at this as when I was teaching? If anything, I work harder at this job than at any other job I've ever worked. If I don't paint and self promote, I don't sell work and GET PAID. There's no automatic paycheck, like when I held teaching job, or any other job, in fact. My getting paid is a direct relationship to the amount of work I put in and sometimes that doesn't even matter. Working hard is not a guarantee for getting paid. Working hard is not a guarantee for making sales.
This is a real job. It is hard work, and in this economy, it is even harder to maintain a good living from selling and creating art. I am an artist and art is a REAL JOB.
Images: "Night Out", 2010, 16" x 16", oil and encaustic wax on birch panel.
"Wheel Barrow", 2010, 16" x 16", oil and encaustic wax on birch panel.