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Interview With Nicholas Gurewitch
Excerpt from interview:
Most unsuccessful artists complain about not having enough time to do anything worthwhile. Most successful artists think this is hogwash. However, when you're exhausted from a hard day's work and can barely muster the energy to be creative during the 1-2 hour gap you manage to find that day, it seems like a very real problem - especially when you are incredibly productive during the occasional free day that you might get. I'm just curious if you've ever encountered this problem (work vs artwork), and if so, how did you work around it?
It's not hard to write music while your rotating cans at a grocery store. And you can keep a sketch pad in your pocket virtually everywhere. If you have a customer service job, dealing with people can actually be the thing that gets you closer to making your art. No one would complain about going to school for 9 years to be an artist. I think it's possible to imagine the act of working a job you consider "unartistic" as school for the deed you consider to be artistic. One perfectly artistic deed can counter a lifetime of unartistic deeds.
Besides, time spent doing things you don't want to do is important, because it will fuel the risks you take, and inform your counter-movement. A dream which holds true beauty will explode from you in a way you can't possibly imagine if you can keep it alive in an inhospitable climate. In fact, a dream upheld against a sea of troubles is often far more beautiful than one without any obstacles. The life of an artist can be a win-win situation if you resign to the task of appearing unrealistic for a decade or two. And if you wait a lifetime, and you hold on to your dream...boy...you're talkin' Van Gogh-level explosion. But those kind of vindications are at risk nowadays, what with things like Kickstarter.
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