Take the following with a contradictory grain of salt.
I’m not really sure of the direction I want to take this post just yet. I guess I’ll just make it up as I go along. Doesn’t everybody?
This is advice. Purely personal advice from my findings in life so far, to do with the artistry/media industry. You may not like it, or agree with it, but that’s perfectly okay! It is what it is. This post is not targeted at any one group or organisation of people, it’s simply a resource I have decided to create for people to learn from. If you do learn anything from reading this. Then I’m a happy camper! I would love to know if you did benefit in some way, so please let me know 🙂
There’s a huge grey area (at least in my experience) between artists/creatives/creators and the latter. For those that are starting out, or have even been freelance/self employed in the art/media sector for a number of years or even a lifetime, you will probably know what I’m talking about when I describe this grey area (In fact I’m certain you will do).
By grey area, I mean, quite literally, people (generalising ferociously) don’t really ‘get’ or understand us artists/creatives. It’s grey because “people” (again, generalising horrendously), think being a creator is as simple as flicking some paint on a canvas, or clicking a shutter button and the work is done. But if you’re a creator yourself, or you know someone close to you that is, you will know that this is of course NOT the case. At least I hope it isn’t in which ever field of being a creative, you are in.
Some might say this is a ‘problem’. But I see it as something unique, which I wish to never let die. I actually like the separation (if you can call it that) from the ‘people’ (again, again, again. Generalising. There will be allot of this! Last apology. It’s difficult to get the point across without also coming across as an asshole, which is something I am not).
The idea of this brought me to thinking.. why does this even need to be a thing in life? Why does it exist still, even after all these years of artists and creators on this earth. Hundreds, if not thousands if not more! The answer I came to is, “Lack of knowledge in a field, will likely lead one to thinking lesser of a particular field of work”. Stupid I know. Because of course, I don’t know a thing about accountancy. Yet I still respect the profession greatly! Doesn’t always work when you flip the roles around though. Why is that?
I think it’s purely because us humans, are notoriously statistically driven. I think it’s just that. We like numbers, we like quantities and we like to know what, when and how we’ve done well, in an instant. Instant Gratification. Being an artist doesn’t give you that in the same way as let’s say; accountancy, mass-product distribution. I like to think of those as square professions, with defined edges and corners which you can turn to go ‘up in the ranks’. Whereas being an artist/creative you are forever chasing that dream but, instead of being a square path, it’s circular. It’s business. But it’s a totally different ball game within business. Not always, but sometimes. It might appear to non-artist/creatives that what the other does is easy work, or easy money.
WHY DO WE EVEN CARE? AND SHOULD WE EVEN CARE?
Because we do. Yes and no.
I can’t necessarily answer that for you. All I can do is give you my own personal advice, which is what I choose to follow. That is, be comfortable with yourself, what you do and what you stand for. To the point where you are able to stand up for your worth and being, and be proud! Don’t let anyone tell you any different. Be confident! In hindsight, I have fallen victim to not doing this many times in the past, but I am grateful to have learnt quickly and very early on in life that indeed, life IS too short to give two fucks about what other people think of you (with the exception of your close friends/family). Fuck em’.
I mean that in a way which doesn’t actively target those that don’t understand, no. I mean, you be you. And if anyone tries to question you on your worth, you tell them, and you stand your ground and be proud! By you don’t let it phase you, or question your judgement of others.
If you don’t care, this is probably a great deal of nonsense to you, but props to you for having one less stress in your life, and for making it this far!
Those thoughts spurred on a long and tedious thought process over a number of weeks, which lead me to think that this could be overcome, and I could possibly be the one to do that (or one of many). The idea struck, that creating some form of mass shared documentary content would help overcome this. (much like the “I’m Vlogging Here” Vlogumentary – by Corey Vidal & Shay Carl). Which got shared like wildfire and reached its funding budget well ahead of time via the Kickstarter Campaign.
But then I realised, I didn’t want to do that. At least not right now.
I would rather target and reach out to those who could benefit the most from addressing the situation. I have been able to overcome all the bad thoughts, so why can’t you? Which is why I am writing this blog post, and you’re reading this right now. I hope this has been of some help to you!
Lastly, I am interested to find out what YOU do, as an artist/creative. How do you overcome these things (if at all) Do you care? I’d love to find out!