Way back in April I received a nice note from a lovely singer who hails from Minnesota (which is every prairie boy’s favourite US city… ). She was trying to decide which grad school to go to: the cheaper option, or the more expensive one (which was much more interesting to her).
So I wrote a bit of a response which you can read HERE.
Not too long after that, I found out that she walked away from the whole grad school thing, and took a year off.
It’s a hard choice, to step outside the ‘normal’ path, and so last week I bugged her again with a few questions about her year off, her decision to not go to grad school, and how she was adjusting to the balance of being an artist in the ‘real world.’
Thanks so much, Victoria, for telling your story. (more…)
I make terrible decisions when I’m hungry. As soon as my body runs out of sandwiches it’s a pretty straight line to poor decisions and being an emotional train wreck.
But even for people who don’t respond to food quite like I do… everyone knows not to shop when they’re hungry.
Perhaps not surprisingly, even though it has never ended well, I do it all the time.
When you’re hungry in a grocery store it’s easy to justify… anything.
“I need the biggest steak there is, no wait… TWO OF THEM… because… um…” *it’s already in the cart*
“I deserve these dunkaroos because I’ve had such a tough week stressing about how I have no work” #solidlogic
I think everyone can agree that saving money on food is a really nice idea, but when it comes to actually doing it, it’s just plain hard. We all end up eating what’s comfortable: whether that’s going to the local diner, or making the same meat and potatoes every night (regardless of price or season).
And even in the face of whatever admirable discipline we manage to muster, the grocery store/diner/whatever food source you’re going to flashes enough SPECIALS and 30% OFFS to completely confuse any logical part of your brain that might be left.
FACT: a great deal on something you don’t need… is still too expensive…cause… you don’t actually need it.
And to make matters worse, I am … not savvy. A good salesperson can sell me anything.
“Oh sir, you look great with that pork tenderloin.”
*Blush* “Really?” *sound of cash register*
So I have resorted to a tried and true method of defeating the impulse buy and saving a ton on groceries. (more…)
All across North America right now campuses are coming alive with thousands of returning students.
Future engineers. Promising young doctors. Burgeoning economists. And … hopeful fine arts majors.
Hopeful of turning their passion and skill into…. something.
Uncle Jim may think that you’re wasting your time, that you should be getting a ‘real’ degree, one that may actually lead to a … you know… job.
I won’t get into the thousands of reasons why your Uncle Jimmy is full of bull plop, but I will offer you one piece of advice that all the other ‘back to school’ articles don’t talk about.
As an artist, you’re gonna spend most of your undergrad practicing. Late nights in studios and practice rooms fueled by coffee and chocolate (and maybe a drink or two…) are the mainstay of artistic training.
And yet most of us, when we are going through those formative years, don’t spend a lot of time practicing a life skill that is super essential to a career in the arts. (more…)
Welcome to the ‘real’ world, new batch of artists! It seems like not that long ago that I emerged from 25 years of structured education, clutching to my multiple fine arts degrees and a few vague dreams.
It was such a thrill. I had done it. I had finished. So much blood, sweat, and tears… but now it was done.
And then I just became terrified.
It wasn’t finished at all. I was staring at months and months of empty unscheduled space and I had no idea what I was going to do.
I was facing the need to be an adult, pay my bills, support myself… with what…. My opera school diploma????
If you’re in that place, I guarantee you’re not alone. I’m also not going to lie to you, it’s a tough go. The freelance arts gig is a strange life, and it can definitely be a struggle. I don’t know exactly how to help you, but here are 5 things I wish I would have known (or at least really believed in) when I graduated from my last degree and started my life as a freelance artist. (more…)