9 Urban Legends About Artists

"No ReZervations Required" - Under the Three Sisters ©2012 Janice Tanton. Installation.
"No ReZervations Required" - Under the Three Sisters ©2012 Janice Tanton. Installation.

We are all flakey.

We are all messy.

We can’t keep books.

We are bad at business.

We are never on time.

We are unorganized.

We are happy about donating our artwork for “exposure”.

We expect grants for our projects.

We need galleries, managers, social media, and publishers.


I’m a myth-buster. Are you?

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Gwenn Seemel

    I took a venue to small claims court a few years ago and, as nice as the settlement was, I was more interested in destroying these myths for the people I took to court. It’s very satisfying to know that they’ll think twice before assuming that an artist is any of the above!

    1. Janice Tanton

      Gwenn – thank you so much for your comment and sharing your experience. Sticking up for ourselves is a major part of being an Artist. That’s some pretty great myth-busting you did!

  2. Dianekhewitt

    I WISH I were a “Myth Buster”…. but, I was only able to disclaim a couple:)

    1. Janice Tanton

      Even claiming one makes you a member of the Order of Myth-Busters, Diane! We choose the stories of which we want to be a part of, and our free will is our guide. I definitely can’t claim a “tick” on each one, but they are all stories that interest me, or ones that I wish I was a part of. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Jessica Serran

    yes! i love being organized and using both sides of my brain. in fact, if i didn’t study art my next choice was math. that and that pesky “starving artist myth” that i am working damn hard to dispel and break through on a regular basis. and i’m always early and not very flakey at all! ha haaaa!

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