Making Art and Making a Living

"Will you be able to maintain your integrity as an artist, with creative freedom and growth, when you have to make sales of your work to pay the bills? Would you be a slave to what others want, and end up being unhappy with what you have to do, rather than what you want to do? Do you feel you have to make a full-time living with your art to truly “be” an artist?"

"Get clear on what you really want, and don’t apologize for it. Do not listen to the naysayers who don’t believe in you. Surround yourself with those who encourage you, and “unfriend” the negative ones."

"Don’t sacrifice your heart and your soul and kill your dreams because you believe that you need to pay your rent and buy your groceries from sales of your work. Being an artist is an identity that you have and that you hold within. It isn’t defined by where your paycheck is coming from." 

Read the entire article by Carolyn Edlund