Solstice 2011 – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO ME!! One year in the studio!
One year ago, December 21st, 2010 marked the end of my work in an office and a return to the studio after a 10 year hiatus from full time studio work.
(INSERT MANY LARGE CHEERS, SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS, CHAMPAGNE AND THE LIKE….HERE…and yes……you can send me gifts of money.)
One year later, do I have any regrets? Hell no…except maybe for what’s on my Hell List. Metaphorically, moving out of the dark and into the light with the change of seasons has made a huge difference to our family. There is a right time to make the move to studio work, and that time is always….NOW! Quit making excuses and BE an artist! Get out of that job, away from that oppressing boss of yours and get your fanny in gear.
Of course I had months of angst, deciding to make the move from a secure, bill-paying position at a wonderful arts institution where I was with people that I loved, respected and considered family. Of course I had lots of questions about whether I was making the right decision….was I a good enough artist? Did I have the right stuff to make the leap and pour my heart and soul into my work once again? Did I have the energy to do it? Would it be good for the family? Would I be thrown out on the street, a starving artist?
In the end, the right answer was, it was good for me….and that was really all that mattered.
Do I have any regrets?
Only one….that I left the studio 10 years ago in the first place.
5 Good Reasons To Quit Your Day Job and Be a Full Time Artist
1) You will be creating. Human beings create. Be who you are – a human being.
2) You get to use your brain. You show others how to use theirs.
3) You connect dots for human beings. You make things visible that are otherwise unseen or unmentionable. You make a difference, change the way people see things, and say things that need to be said in unique and profound ways. It’s the ultimate form of free speech and expression.
4) You get up when you want, work when you want, play when you want and create what you want.
5) You can make a difference, change the way people see things, and say things that need to be said, sometimes in unique and interesting ways.
Here’s another great post by Fiona Mackrell and some other great reasons for being an artist!
Boo Yah…what she said!!!