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How I Learned To Love Money Without Losing My Humanity

Being in public as an artist means that you have to deal with an array of pressures and temptations that can range from very good to very bad. In some ways, you’re just competing for attention and acceptance, just like in any business. As an artist, though, you have much less to lose. You don’t have to sell, and people will never mistake you for anyone other than you.

The art form of art is based off of the idea that everyone can use art the way they need it. This means the most popular forms of art are always the ones that you find that are the most successful with the least amount of work and time. In short, if you learn to love money with no loss of humanity, then you can learn everything there is to know about art. It doesn’t need to be hard, but it is important to learn how to use it as it is supposed to be used and for things you’re passionate about. If you can start doing this now and keep it going for a long time, you’ll be well on your way to being an exceptional, passionate artist.

1 ┬áSo, what can you learn from this? I can only speak for myself, but if I was to tell my wife that I started making a living from art in 2009, she would probably laugh me out the door. I’d probably call her a whack job to her face and tell her to get out of my face. In my mind, it would be as easy as saying “That guy is really really really, REALLY into his art. He has no interest in working and is spending all his time on it. It’s really not the right time for him to be making money like this. We’ll see what happens when the economy tanks next time.”

But that would be me. And that would be exactly why I wasn’t making the kind of money that I thought I should be making (at the time!). So, this isn’t something that I’m telling you to do or to get down on your hands and knees and crawl all over the floor for. It is what I did, and it wasn’t a bad thing. And it isn’t something you need to do either. So, what will you do to make ends meet right now? What do you want to be when you grow up? Do all you can to keep all of it and use it to the fullest possible extent. Find the art you love. Work relentlessly to get the training and experience you need to succeed. It won’t be easy and it’ll give you much more joy in life than you ever could have ever thought. If you do it, you’ll be an amazing, passionate artist, with all the resources and opportunity you need to flourish.

You Are the Artist

As an artist, you represent the art-form to the world. You are the artist, or you’re nothing–or, both. Some people make art for the money, others make art because they love it. It doesn’t matter though. What you decide to do comes down to how you feel. You are the artist.

This means you have to feel good about what you do. It doesn’t matter if you get paid for it and it doesn’t matter whether you’re being paid for it by yourself, a patron, a patronizationist, or the government (as in the US). The important thing is that you feel good about what you do.

This is where being an artist comes with it’s unique set of problems and challenges. It takes years on end to master the art of art, and even years on end of intensive training, education, and practice. This is not something that happens overnight.

The more you do this, the more you will learn, and understand what it takes to be an artist (and in turn, what the difference between being paid for it and not). You will be able to recognize when the world around you is changing for ever. You will find yourself able to recognize the new, the surprising, and the wonderful. But it’s going to take some practice. It’s going to take a little bit of hard work to get this far.

Just remember: Art isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer.