"I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."
— John Muir
"Art is a way of preserving experiences, of which there are many transient and beautiful examples, and that we need help containing."
— Alain de Botton (via Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art | Brain Pickings)
"Freedom to me is a luxury of being able to follow the path of the heart, to keep the magic in your life. Freedom is necessary for me in order to create, and if I cannot create I don’t feel alive."
hey! i cannot even tell you how much i relate to this. i’ve felt those exact feelings and i know how difficult it can be.
first of all, yes. i always believed i could make a living creating art. i think i was overly naive, but that also helped me because i had no doubt whatsoever. it’s funny, because about 5 years ago, i truly believed my ‘dream’ was right around the corner. i just knew it was happening, and if i actually did know how many more years i had to go, i would have been completely overwhelmed. so i guess in that sense, ignorance is bliss?
i really don’t have any secret to getting your work out there. i first started posting on flickr years back, which led to this community of like minded people. from there, it started with online zines that would contact me to do an interview or feature my photos. probably only a handful of people would see my photos that way, but i was just excited someone wanted to share my work. thats how i started out, and it’s just continued from there. but honestly, i’m still working to make a living off my photos entirely.
a had this epiphany recently where i started to notice a pattern. i feel like the closer i get to a dream actually becoming reality, the more resistance i feel. it shows up in the form of self doubt-which is ultimately just fear. this is when it’s most important to keep going! i promise you, everyone gets discouraged. everyone feels the weight of the unknown—and that’s when most people put their dream to the side and go for something more ‘realistic.’ if you have found what you love- that’s the greatest gift! you’re already on the path. ..it’s just that the path isn’t always easy. but i always found that whatever challenges you have to face to get to where you want to be, it’s worth it.
most importantly, all i can tell you is to keep creating. and believe that this is really going to work out for you. your thoughts are so powerful! i’m not saying to just live in this fantasy world, but you have to believe in yourself more than anything! find your unique vision that you want to share with the world.
i know these aren’t very concrete answers but i hope in some way this can help you. i hope you write me an email later down the road saying, “i did it! i make a living doing what i love!” that would make me so happy:)
Beautiful, encouraging words from Brigette Bloom.