Why I'm Starting a Magazine Devoted to Local Artists
Before I write a post, I like to ask myself a direct question. And let my answer shape the post.
My question today :
What is it about local artists that inspire me, compel me, to dig into their communities and write about it?
I think the answer is three-fold for me.
On the one side, there’s the dream. The dream of building a life doing what you love.
I’ve thought about this possibility most of my life. Pondered it. Kicked it around. Been intrigued and at the same time confused by it. I’ve spend oodles of time thinking about what that would be (the thing I would love doing for the rest of my life) and how I could make it work.
Throughout my nearly thirty years, I think about one in thirty of the people I meet say they love what they do. I’ve noticed this number going up in the last year. That’s good. It means I’m spending my time with the right people. Positive people. People who aren’t willing to settle for less than happiness in life, whatever that means for them. I feel a resonance with that.
I think that’s why I’m drawn to artists. An artist never pursues her art because it will make her money or because it will make her comfortable. She pursues it because it’s what makes her happy.
Maybe you like the self-discovery involved in creating art. Maybe you love the physical feel of the materials on your hands and performing the work. Maybe you love the idea of bringing something new and unique into the world, of making something from nothing. Or maybe it’s seeing someone appreciate and connect with it that you like best.
I feel these things too. Because I’m an artist. And I want to do the art that makes me happy. I want to spend every day doing it. I’m not idealist in thinking I won’t have obstacles to this blissful state of creation I’ve thought up for myself. Sometimes things will suck. Sometimes no one will seem to like my work. Sometimes I’ll come up dry when I tap into my creative center. Sometimes people won’t appreciate the work enough to buy it. And all that will suck. And it will happen, at some point in creating this art biz of mine.
But I know it’s possible.
And that’s the sticker.
It’s possible to live my life comfortably doing what I love doing. At least one in thirty people I know are doing it, for real doing it.
I always thought of those people as some sort of blessed chosen group. The people who get to live their dreams, that is. Like, WTF, how to I get on that list in the “before-world”?!
All I know is I’ve wanted on that list since I was a child. And along the way I’ve either been too lazy, shy, complacent, confused, misguided, immature, unfocussed, unchallenged, or most of all, ill-timed . . . to make it happen.
And now IS the time. So because I am an ARTIST working my ass of to be one of those people who spends their days doing what she loves, well I guess I have a soft spot for others who are doing the same.
So above all, this is a labor of love. It is deeply personal.
I want to help other artists build lives/businesses off of what they love doing - making their art.
There’s the first answer.
The second answer is related to the energy I derive from the greater creative community.
For a while after college, I worked at an Apple retail store. Most people working in this environment thrive on creative energy. A couple years later, I worked in a couple of restaurants. Most people working in this environment have the creative life sucked out of them beer after beer, one negative comment at a time, one conversation about shitty tippers after another. I’ve also worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, where most of the creativity taking place was in the careful twisting of words.
There’s something about the energy that is irresistible to me in artistic communities. Wandering around the most unassuming parts of town, peering around every corner, you start to see people doing interesting things with interesting spaces. I gravitate to these spaces because it’s where new things are coming into the world. Ideas are being explored and born. Beauty is being expressed - from every perspective. And stories are being told in captivating ways.
Art reminds me that we’re all human and at the same time calls me to marvel at the uniqueness of the mind. I discover more about myself, the artist and where we meet. There’s something I like about that.
Art is infused with emotion. And I’m an emotion junky.
So I guess, when it comes down to it, I want to create this resource. THIS resource, and not another, because I want to help people “do what they love and love what they do”. In order to do that, I need to help people learn how to make money from their art.
Answer #1 : To change lives
Answer #2 : To contribute to the creative energy of Denver’s (and other) artistic communities.
Answer #3 : Because I have to. I’m an artist. And this is what I love to create.
This project ends on Christmas. The first edition of the magazine launches on January eighteenth. If I don’t reach the funding goal to get the web and design for the magazine done professionally, I’m going to do it myself. Because I have to.
What do you have to do? What is your art?
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