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Posted by maxx on November 1, 2002 at 06:51:57:

In reply to: Harsh posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on November 1, 2002 at 04:36:57:

: : What changes do you make, you who have
: : been through this before?
: You have to square your shoulders and be willing to do ANYTHING
: necessary to pay the bills.
: I've worked all my life as a self-employed artist and hard economic
: times have been HARSH. When I started my first pregnancy, I was
: selling to 40 of the top galleries in the country. I thought nothing
: could go wrong. By the time I gave birth to my second child, 2 1/2
: years later, 38 of those 40 galleries had gone out of business. My
: work was better and more efficient than ever ... the disaster had
: nothing to do with me, my ability, talent or intelligence. It was
: simply a disaster, indifferent to me and my children. The disaster
: didn't care if we were hungry or not. It was simply a cluster of
: numbers, and that was that. That was a tough one to swallow. I
: myself, needlessly.
: I always survived by being willing to do anything whatsoever that
: the bills. My great grandmother, grandmother, mother, me, and my
: daughter have all done that. If it pays ... do it. In hard times,
: the despicable things that no one with pretensions of self-respect
: willing to do ... and do them with perfect integrity, skill,
: beauty, intelligence and compassion. You'll get by. You'll survive
: .. till times are better.
: Look for whatever you can find. No job is beneath you, (but don't
: accept getting screwed).
: Learn to survive like a "zen rat", paring your living expenses to
: nothing.
: Never, ever, never accumulate even one dollar of credit card debt.
: Hard times WILL come, and if you are in debt you are SCREWED.
: Very few people can make it as artists. I did. I seriously damaged
: my health doing so. I worked nonstop and nearly lost a pregnancy
: (Gwyn), and permanently harmed myself from overwork and no money for
: health care. You can push to the limit .... but don't endanger
: yourself or those who depend on you. Your body and your
: can't be repaired with better times if you ruin them. Money can be
: gotten other ways. You can always return to art later. You can't
: new body parts if you wreck them from overwork.
: Dreams are lovely, but they're a luxury. They're a particularly
: American luxury! Hope can be a drug that prevents you from seeing
: things as they are, and hope will seduce you into making
: decisions. Balance the checkbook, balance the books, look at the
: numbers. If you can't make it ... do something else and then come
: back to art in better times.


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