Posts tagged #starving artist



Money, money, money....I can't shake it from my mind these days. Although I have several proposals out there (book, television, exhibition etc...) and lot of interest in my work, I am a bundle of nerves as I approach the bottom of my savings. 

I don't want my life to be focused on money, but how can it not? We need it to live. My life is rich in so many ways that don't involve money. I'm deeply grateful for my supportive family, my beautiful LA apartment, to have 19 years clean and sober, my unwavering passion for my work, my health, my talent, my computer, recording and photography equipment, my career and my friends. Regardless of this challenging time, I know I will persevere and become a vibrant, successful, wealthy artist. In the meantime, I have been reading these notes taken from the books, "The Secrets of the Millionaire Mind." and "Rich Dad, Poor Dad." I thought they might be helpful to you too.


• Rich people believe “I create my life.” Poor people believe “Life happens to me.”

 • Your income can grow only to the extent you do.

• If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible.

• If your motivation for acquiring money or success comes from a non-supportive root such as fear, anger, or the need to “prove” yourself, you money will never bring you happiness.

• When you are complaining, you become a living, breathing “crap magnet.”

• Rich people play the money game to win. Poor people play the money game to not lose.

• If your goal is to be comfortable, chances are you’ll never get rich. But if your goal is to be rich, chances are you’ll end up mighty comfortable.

• Rich people focus on opportunities. Poor people focus on obstacles.

• Rich people are bigger than their problems. Poor people are smaller than their problems.

• Rich people think “both.” Poor people think “either/or.”

If anyone out there can relate, or has a story about money and being an artist, please share it with us!




Being an Artist - It Takes a "Special" Person...


I was talking to my mother on the phone the other day and I was listing off the things I had done all week: Networking to attract sponsors; Landing an interview with the owner of Paul Mitchell; Transcribing interviews and editing photos for American Hair to be submitted to the Library of Congress; Sending out book proposals...blah, blah, blah, blah...Mom said, "You are so disciplined. Not everyone can do what you do." I said, "Well if you needed to eat, you would." She said, "I wouldn't be able to do it. I would have to get a job. It takes a special person to do what you do." I know she was giving me a compliment but I chuckled at that word — "special" and said, "Do you mean crazy? Or maybe irrational?" Most people wouldn't work 70 hours a week without a paycheck unless they were "special." 

In my mind I feel like I don't have any other choice. I just wake up everyday and keep working towards my dream. I love my work and I'm grateful that I'm able to do it. But there have been many days when I've considered quitting, and right when I decide to walk away, something happens — a contract for an exhibit, a grant award, a call from ABC. These things never seem to happen when all is going well and I have money in the bank, it's usually after I've meagerly spent the majority of my savings and I'm leaning on the ropes crying "uncle." That's when the phone rings. 


I'm not alone. I don't know any artist who doesn't ride this financial and emotional rollercoaster. It's so relentless that I didn't start saving for my retirement until I was 40 years old. I kept waiting for things to calm down, to gain more stability, only to realize that it would never come. That's not to say that I won't make money being an artist, but it comes in spurts and then nothing will happen for months (in some cases I've waited a year between payments). It's just the way it is. Once I started accepting that, life got easier. 

Any artists/writers out there who want to share their thoughts? I'd love to hear your stories.



Posted on August 21, 2013 and filed under Producing Projects.