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Friday, June 27, 2014

A Pondering About Artists




A PONDERING ABOUT ARTISTS...
Balance...priorities...careers and work, drives toward dreams that can be made reality...verses family and obligations. Much of it is a fine line and can cause discord. Noting for a moment that many careers are time consuming...for instance doctors, and other skilled professions...the years of school, not only class and clinical work, but hours of studying, and then endless hours of double shifts, on-call duties. I do realize that most professions carry an air of certainty, in money-making ability, and society as a whole seems to graciously grant extreme validity to these occupations. What I never understood is why the artistic fields are looked upon as almost silly and just hobbies, but not legitimate entities. Oh I know, they are more reckless in their promise of wealth...in fact only a few in the arts become rich at what they do. Many sustain themselves well (I know quite a few) and there are some that are your "starving artists" But the fact of the matter is that without these people, you would have no music, no movies, no local entertainment scene, no enjoyable shows and displays and things to see. Its all made possible by artists who find that personal level of prioritizing and dedication, in order to pursue their dreams and bring it to the table for others to enjoy. It takes hard work and dedication.
Some individuals on this 3rd rock from the sun, are meant to pursue art. Some of your greatest painters, musicians, writers, actors, directors, photographers, videographers etc, spent years upon years struggling to succeed in their forte. Not all do...some die fighting for it...but the driven ones succeed in some way. Sometimes it takes trial and error. It definitely takes time and sacrifice, and support from loved ones, without which the road is so rocky many lay down their talent and join the ranks of those willing to accept mediocre rather than pursue whats in their hearts. It is often a jagged pill for others close to an artist, to swallow. But to deny an artist his passion is wrong in my opinion. Yes it is a balance of priorities, sometimes week to week, day by day, even moment by moment. Families, regular paying jobs, things that are needed to live and are also immense parts of our lives. No one can deny the extreme significance of these things...they are so very important. All things must be taken into the equation.
Artists are most often a quirky brand of individuals...some more than others. Any study of the world's greatest and most reknowned will tell you this. Sometimes critisized, often misunderstood...artistic people are the most caring and passionate people to ever exist. Its a personal decision I suppose, or perhaps even just an ability, whether to be part of the support system...

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