My message to independent artists (writers, actors, visual artists, comics, singers, writers, musicians, directors . . . ) HANG IN THERE, Y’ALL! I posted this on my Facebook page the other day, sharing it from Utrecht Washington DC’s page . . . it says a lot. My comment was as follows:
Support independent artists, musicians, actors, singers, writers . . . what do you value among these? Almost all artists pay a high price to continue to focus on our work (and, though we love what we do, IT IS WORK) . . . and it can be very feast or famine. You can buy original art, see live theatre, and support live music, buy independently published graphic novels and books . . . if you only make it a priority. Show that you see the arts as things of value. (What do you spend in a throw-away manner? . . . on coffee, on gas, on fast food, on clothes, new shoes, spa dates, mani-pedis, movies, travel?) Tuck away a portion to go support some live arts events . . . and independent artists. Here’s to all of you, for hanging in there . . . it ain’t easy, and, you rock, for still doing what you do!! That, in itself, is a victory won.
Hang in there, y’all. Keep making the art you feel driven to do, and passionate about making . . .