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RECESSION? WHAT recession? One thing an artist can rely on is that their jobs WILL come to an end...
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Tanya Wright
July 2011
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Written by
Tanya Wright
July 2011

I was just thinking how this recession is impacting artists-- if at all. In times like these, you might seem tempted to chuck those lofty dreams of changing the world through your song or your dance and do something more-- I dare say practical. Stable. Reliable?

 

The truth is, we need art now more than ever. Artists are—and have always been—on the front lines of society. The ones who are questioning The Establishment on How Things Are Done. The ones who are creating alternative means to-- well, just about anything! Traditional modes of distribution for the artists—via publishing, music and movies-- are crumbling all around us. There's more opportunity now for an artist to connect with their audience than there ever has been!

 

All this got me to thinking: how is the recession affecting YOU? I mean, the truth is, EVERY job that an artist has is finite. Every one. All the time. Whether you're an actor on a TV series or a feature film, a designer for a book or a musician on a gig, there is always a beginning and—you can be sure-- an end to your job. Finite endings are built into the profession of the artist! It ain't for most folks but, for some of us, there's just nothing else we can do but our art and so we endure those indefinite periods of “unemployment”--whether it be a few days, months or years.

 

What do YOU do in your “down” time? And how is this recession affecting you and your life?

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  • Bridget Straub

    I agree that art is always relevant, however, purchasing it is a luxury that few can afford in a recession.