Arguably, the only goods people need these days are food and happiness.
Between living through a food stockpiling fad, businesses being forced shut, and our worlds largely on hold, another nail in the coffin for artists everywhere trying to earn money! I think the way this is interpreted by many artists is to take it to heart and victimize themselves by thinking they must not earn money in order to be pure, whatever that means.
The recent months have forced all of us to be quick to adapt and change, no matter where we live or which industry we work in. Embrace the new economy that is all around us. You are valuable, your work is valuable, and as a contributor to culture, you need to live and thrive off of your work. At the very least, you need the opportunity to thrive off of your work.
There is a lot to be said for motivating words, especially if they make you feel better. Of course, it is also sad to get all pumped up by someone or something only to be deflated when your expectations aren’t met. Like making a new relationship, it is good to approach with caution, lest you be hurt too easily.
The Big Bundle is like a source to support our creativity that faces out from stress. I believe, and that is partially my intent, but the motivational part is also the by-product of techniques that work and my own sense of enthusiasm.
If you are looking for ways to become more energized, more focused, and more productive, your intent is to create, and if you are creating something wonderful, you will be enthusiastic about it. It is an enthusiasm that is being roused by a good graphic, sample logos, sample icons; it is your own sense of power and your ability to change and create.
Whenever you search and work enthusiastically about what you are doing or who you are, it is magnetic. People are drawn to others who are excited about something. It can be very serious or dark even, but you can still have enthusiasm about it.
And since we all want to be happier, successor in some respect or more joyous, then enthusiasm is one of the things we can look forward to. And it is something we can create. As artists, you are free to create new structures, new ideas, and new ways of making a living from your art. Some of that may include selling shares of your work to the highbrow collector end (like Christo and Jeanne-Claude), or trading your artwork for services like medical bills and groceries, or exhibiting in local libraries and coffee shops.
But there are many more ways, some still to be invented by you! As artists, there is collective power as well as individual power, and if a movement is created that supports artists, like a new educational system with real-world tools for funding your career, wouldn’t you join? The Big Bundle is the seed of a better world for artists, a new educational system that is co-creative. The new paradigm I am proposing is for artists to continue to seek opportunities outside of the traditional system.
There is always the question of nature or nurture; that is, can an artist be self-made, or is she only a product (more or less) of her culture, history, mentors, family, and luck? In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, he makes the argument that there is no such thing as a self-made man (or woman) but that everything is a matter of parenting, historic context, hard work, and unique opportunities.
It is my belief that artists can indeed be self-made, so to speak, and that connections can be made across class structures and despite economic difficulties. Hard work is a given, but you don’t have to have the greatest parents or be in the right place at the right time to succeed.