What do you enjoy most about your Artist career?

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What do you enjoy most about being an Artist? What do you dislike the most? Is it challenging? Are there many opportunities to learn and advance?

What keeps you at your job?

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Art n Antiques in Mansfield, Ohio

51 months ago

Host said: What do you enjoy most about being an Artist? What do you dislike the most? Is it challenging? Are there many opportunities to learn and advance

First off you have to LOVE being an artist otherwise you're just kidding yourself. The hours are irregular as creativity can wax and wane like the moon--and therein lies the challenge. Can you make enough art in a day to keep your expenses paid? Well that's just the first part of this equation. Cand you SELL enough art in a day to keep your expenses paid? Again, challenge. Can you afford to hire a sales manager? Will a dealer accept your work on commission? How do you plan to get enough exposure to get yourself marketed? Is your work crap intellectually or craftwise? These are just some questions you had better ask yourself if you are considering a freelancing career as a passionate visual artist. Are you a restaurant gourmand like so many today or can you give up some dining out and learn to live on beans and bread? Do you need to have all the latest gadgets like a televison, cable to go along with it, an iPhone, a laptop or is just "you and your media" enough for awhile? You might have to live lean for a bit or forever (look at Van Gogh). He only sold one painting during his lifetime and look at what he's worth today! Post mortem fame and fortune just isn't a realistic part of our immediate-gratification-flying-technology fickle, disposable world today. And if you despise our immediate-gratification-flying-technology fickle, disposable world of today, you might just make it as an artist.

What keeps you at your job?

The best thing that will keep the visual artist at their job is either: 1.)a great deal of satisfaction combined with financial success 2.) a great deal of satisfaction combined with little success and a beneficial source such as an enabling spouse, trust fund, or lotto win 3.) a great deal of satisfaction with no success but the desire to embrace ur philosoph

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