USEFUL LESSONS I LEARNED FROM HAVING ARTISTS FOR PARENTS
Inspired by the legendary @zoe, lessons from two visual artist parents 🎨
- •Go to work. Just because you're creative doesn't meant you get to read newspaper in French til noon smoking Virginia Slims. You have a job to do.
- •You are the owner of your own small business, so act accordingly.
- •It's not embarrassing to talk about money. Deep thoughts alone won't put your kids through college.
- •Recognize that art is a commodity like any other. You're not better or deeper than anyone else because of what you do.
- •That being said, your art is your soul and you can't sell your soul (to just anyone.)
- •Organize your life so you can focus on your work. Pay your bills, know where your spatula is, live like a human.
- •You don't have to live the cliche.
- •Make what you want to make, not what you think the industry is asking for. People respond to authenticity (even if they can't articulate that.)
- •Selling your work doesn't have to mean selling yourself.
- •Follow your instincts, even when they seem loony.
- •You can't always tell the truth, especially not to rich people.
- •Be a respectful gentrifier.
- •Read the newspaper. Good work only gets better when you're aware of what's happening around you.
- •Don't spread public negativity about other artists- you know how hard they work and how brave they are. Talk shit in private!
- •Take bedtime seriously.
- •It's totally cool to watch CW shows as a "mental break."