Be a Real Artist
“‘We’re artists, not producers.’ Then make some art! ‘No one will buy it.’ Are you insane? The point isn’t the money yet, it is the drive. Go to the Whole Foods and ask if you can hang it for free, and if they say no, hang it anyway. […] The natural human instinct is to create things, beginning with the toddler who is amazed that he was able to create such a fascinating product out of his butt, the difference is most toddlers grow up and sublimate that drive and create other things. You have not gotten past the poop, strike that, you have regressed to the oral stage, hence the emphasis on organic foods. Yes, the anal stage comes after the oral stage.”
Doing “something you love” for work is all the rage these days. And I’m all for it.
But before you try businessifying your passion, try out being a real artist — believe in a story so much you’ll give away your art for free. And if you don’t have the story yet, start looking.