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the occupation of Ashley and Levon

[ from a. addair who is listening to Arcade Fire (Funeral) ]

on living as a working artist…

and though i don’t want to make it seem too simplistic or easy, it has been one of the best decisions of my entire life. i love it, it’s a challenge, but i love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

it takes a bit of a paradigm shift from what our culture tells us about work, success, and provision. i think there are several types of creative business models, but i’ll tell you about the one that i’m going by. (which is much less business minded than most…my way is not the way to make lots of money, but in my opinion its the way to make good art and a good life).

advise: whew. ummmmmmm,
well, be courageous. we only have a limited amount of lifeblood so be sure that you’re spending it in a way that aligns with your values. working for yourself, you have freedom to do some really exciting things, but also room for big waste. so think through what you believe to be important and then make up a specific plan/schedule to get you there. this includes how to make money, why you want to practice photography, how you want to spend your time, what feeds you life, what drains you of life, marketing, goals, why those goals are important…etc. (set up times to adjust and re-evaluate this plan because you’ll be learning lots and it will change, but even as things continually shift you must maintain intentionality… i re-evaluate once a month and do a big check-up yearly).

people who buy art are helpful too. recently sold.

i don’t know your relationship to your art, but for me it is sometimes difficult to manage the business side of painting, because i don’t believe it to be primarily a commodity. think through this and make sure your art won’t be compromised by relying on it for income.

lower your cost of living. this gives you freedom to take risks and lowers the stressfulness of slow months.

okay, so that is pretty general and abstract but foundational. so do a lot of thinking before you make the jump.

as you start making really practical decisions i can share my experiences of those too. its just a lot and i dont want to over supply a response, but i’m happy to answer questions as they come.

lastly, i think its exciting. and though i don’t know the details of your life and work, i’m happy to hear that your thinking of doing this. it can be such a step toward freedom and fulfillment.

be brave and wise,

a. addair

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