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The arts are not a way to make a living.  They are a very human way of making life more bearable.  Practicing an art, no matter how well or how badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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  • I must disagree with the first line of that statement. The arts can be a great way to make a living provided that one has the discipline, dedication, education and drive to make it work. I have friends who are fine artists (paintings/sculpture) who make a good living with their art. And, I've worked for design schools where we helped train young artists/designers who went on to become quite successful. And even look here in the world of dolls....designers like Robert Tonner or the two men behind Superdoll, left their day job to realize their dreams as doll designers. The duet behind Magia2000, or Bill Greening and Robert Best are a few of many successful doll fashion designers. Some of those repaint artists like Noel Cruz make quite a good living as well! You might not become a billionaire with your art but I think it's possible to live on less, no? Artists are very fortunate to make a living at their passion, however they also work really hard just for the satisfaction of having the freedom to do something they believe in and love! So yes, it's good for the soul, it's good as a hobby....but it can also be good as a career choice!

    • yes FDS!  I have to agree with you on that  -  many artists in many creative fields have been able to build solid careers  -  I think Vonnegut should have qualified his statement, perhaps as "the arts (need not be) a way to make a living..."  What appeals to me, is the observation that even when the talent & skills are not adequate for a career, the compulsion to create can be equally intense, equally valid & equally fulfilling, regardless -  But I agree with you  -  there are many opportunities to work in many creative fields, in many capacities  -  a writer need not produce great literature for the ages, but he may find copywriting for ad agencies, rhymes for greeting cards, or product descriptions for mail-order catalogs a dandy way to pay the rent... (it is better than waiting tables)

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