10 things I learned from “MAKING YOUR LIFE AS AN ARTIST “ by Andrew Simonet
This was a good read! Deep and practical thoughts of what it means to be an artist in any discipline.
1. An artist is more like a scientist than an an athlete
Many think art can be approached as a hobby as a duffer might play golf.
Artists ask themselves questions and then go into their studios to answer them: more like a scientist.
2. "Failure is a sign that the process is working”
3. Artists can provide perspectives outside of the entertainment industry
In the same way, independent farmers can keep varieties of foods available while “big agriculture “ mass produces corn-based food and animals fed on corn.
4. “Entertainment distracts our attention, art focuses it”
5. “Entertainment satisfies cravings, art satisfies needs”
6. Make your life with the same energy as you approach your work
The author takes a holistic view of creating the life of an artist: to have a sustainable life of creation instead of burning out or giving up or living in dire situations unnecessarily.
7. “Your career is not your work: it supports your work “
Live for your mission and you can be an artist that helps people, an artist that is a teacher or farmer, an artist that is an accountant, for example, or even an accountant for other artists.
8. “Keep your mission and change your tactics instead of losing your mission “
9. "focus on living a sustainable life: a balanced life"
This will make wildness possible if that is what you need for your art: protect the wildness by living more conservatively in the rest of your life: cut out the unnecessary chaos and save it for your art.