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dicedork
Aug. 6th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)
I have a painter friend who is able to work as an artist who talks a lot about reach. He says that people way more talented than him are constantly folding and getting day jobs or just struggling to work on the weekends because they have that sense that trying to make money or widen their audience would sully the artistic purity of what they're doing.

So I've done a lot of thinking about it, and I wonder if it's not a classist thing. (I'm not saying YOU'RE classist. I just think that philosophy is and it has really permeated art.) Like the people who have espoused the eschewing of money have been the artists who can just do the work unpaid indefinitely. Most hard-working artists are under appreciated in their own time. The ones who pass the hat are seen as less legitimate even when they are sometimes better.

I dunno, I think it's all fascinating. But I really did read up on my "How to Get More Page Views" advice, and they all mentioned getting your audience involved in your ambitions. Like I said, it always feels a little strange and skeevy to me too because I come from the same school of thought that you do.

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