The Myth of the Starving Artist

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Everyone knows the story.

This is the story of artists as highly creative, passionate, sensitive and emotional beings who lack the discipline, practical intelligence and temperament to thrive in their careers.

The myth of the starving artist is so prevalent and widespread in our society that it has become dangerous.

When enough people think something is true, it eventually becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and ultimately becomes the truth.

I’m here to say that the myth of the starving artist is not the truth.

Artists can be both highly sensitive, creative, emotional and passionate while also being highly strategic, intelligent, methodical, and disciplined in their careers.

A human being’s superpower is derived from the simple fact that we can choose which part of ourselves we want to develop at any given time - we get to choose who we will become.

We can choose to develop both artistically and business-wise. 

We can create powerful, resonant art while making great decisions that advance our careers.

The question isn’t: Are you the creative type or the practical type?

The question is: Are you willing to do what it takes develop all of your artistic capabilities in addition to developing the skills necessary to advance your career?

You can do both.