The only reason I made this is because this is an issue true and dear to my heart. I didn’t come from a family of money or big opportunity. I had no connections, the wrong credentials and no experience. All I had was a big dream and a lot of dedication. And no, I had no help from my parents or anyone else for that matter, haven’t borrowed a dime from them in 7 years. What I have is because I worked my ass off for it.
Want to be successful too? Here are 10 commandments to dream realization!
1) Realize that you wont be in your dream job tomorrow. It might take a long time. I swear if I hear another 23 year old kid whining that they have no future and their opportunity is over, I might physically explode.
2) Those who wait are fucking idiots. If you want something, go for it.
3) I don’t care how shitty you think your art is. When you present your work to people, you better walk around like you have the biggest dick in the world. Most people can’t tell good art from bad art. If you show off your work like you are the god of your craft you can land any job.
4) Know that companies want experience. So save up to do an internship. I promise, 99% of art internships wont pay you squat. If you’re lucky they might pay transportation costs. Internships will open a tidal wave of opportunity.
5) Be prepared to take some criticism (Thank god I didn’t go to art school), and be prepared to do shit you don’t want to do.
6) Know that your first, probably even second job will pay you peanuts. Either take on a second job or do commissions.
7) Cut costs. Use public transportation. Don’t eat out. Steal your neighbors wifi. Prioritize spending.
8) Be ready and willing to give up years of your life. Seriously. If you’re not willing to sacrifice everything, then your dream are not that important to you.
9) Don’t EVER make excuses. Always know that everything you do brings your one step closer to your dream.
10) Don’t ever settle. You’re worth shining among the stars. Don’t ever think you can’t make it. Being in the business, I can assure you I’ve met plenty of artist that are shitty and somehow got well paying jobs.
Thanks to artbymoga for bringing this important issue to light. Dreams aren’t just fairy tales. There are other people living them out right now as your read this.This is beautiful and inspirational and… I just can’t even… Thank you for making this! It inspired me
Oh man… THANK YOU! THANK YOU SO MUCH! It was JUST what I needed to read.
You know, I always run into the issue of ‘valuing your art.’
See, I could easily run myself ragged, doing commissions for five bucks each. (mental stress/strain, wrist fatigue which will lead to inevitable carpel tunnel, etc) But my art is worth more than that. ANY art is worth more than that. In a non-broken society and economy, we would be worth at least $60/hour. And that cost wouldn’t scare away customers, because they would value art the same way they value their plumbers and their doctors and their tax consultants.
They wouldn’t look down at you and say ‘well, isn’t that a bit much? I mean, I was only planning on paying about 25 cents.’
And I hate it because it makes me feel guilty for asking for ‘too much.’ But is it too much? I have over $100,000 in debt from school, and there’s no industry jobs here. (And I got zero assistance from the government or family with my loans, which is why I have so much debt)
So should we be settling for piss-poor wages, when the required degree to even get that job is $100,000+ in debt?
Yes, I love art. Yes, I want to be successful in it. But society has set us up to fail, because we can’t live on slave wages, yet they expect us to.
They expect us to pay thousands and thousands for medical expenses whenever we get sick or hurt, that will put us in further debt for the rest of our lives. And when you can’t pay that, they charge you ridiculous late fees and hike up your interest rate even further. And when you can’t pay those, they collect everything you have to pay off the debt and leave you on the streets.
You see, it’s not US.
'Not working hard enough' is not the issue.
'Not having dedication' is not the issue.
You can work until your fingers bleed, your brain is devoid of any emotion or individual thought and your back is destroyed (which I have done) and you will STILL be between a rock and a hard place.
I don’t mean to be a downer or anything. I’m not saying to not try. Because I’m still trying to make it, and do it my way now.
But I’m saying that we’re living in a terrible fucking time, where the odds are stacked against us in impossible ways, and all that time, the higher ups with silver spoons in their mouths are saying: