Wenzel Jamnitzer. Perspectiva Corporum Regularium. 1568.
Inspired by every student whose told they can’t be an artist because it doesn’t “make enough money”.
It’s a nice idea and all but no, no it is not this easy and this simple to just up and do what you enjoy doing and survive off it. Even the “making way more money doing what you hate” doesn’t actually make it all that easy to keep a roof over your head.
Unless you live with your parents that “warm home” is gonna be at least $700 a month counting minimal utility usage and food probably another 200 if you’re living off really unhealthy junk. That’s also not accounting for clothes, toiletries, transportation, fuel, and worst of all, medical expenses.
And if it was so easy to just go start a store or a business there wouldn’t be so many people struggling regardless of their SUPERB fucking talent, professional level skill, motivation or educational background, namely most of the people I know on the internet.
This is a really sweet comic by a really nice, well meaning person but it’s so absurdly unrealistic for most people that it serves more as a painful reminder of things you may never accomplish, no matter your ability or the energy you put into it.
^ Agree wholeheartedly.
Money might not buy you happiness, but it does pay off your rent, your art supplies, your bills, your food and whatever else you need to survive. Does it suck? ‘Course it does, if I could make money by RPing or playing games I would be on that in a hot minute.
But it doesn’t.
It’s easy to say, “Do what you love!” or “Just start up a business” when you’ve never had to choose between food or rent. I’ve been there so many times in college where I had to forego eating anything but bread and butter for weeks just so I could pay my rent and whatever else that had come up.
And I mean, hey the laptopn, bed, food (and cat food) needs to be bought with something right? And I assume the apartment/room to house said items, plus an internet connection, was just fueled on dreams, right? Money? Psssh!!
I get what the comic is trying to say, I really, really do and I’d love for starry-eyed artists to land the dream job of a lifetime, and many artists DO get to work on something they love for life but that only comes through either sheer luck, unfaltering determination or insane hard work. And you know what? I’ve worked in the art/graphics industry, it’s tough. People don’t know what they’re looking for, companies are looking for the cheapest options and you’re never compensated enough for your work, no matter what you can do and no matter how good you’re at it.
I don’t want to discourage anyone from finding work in art or whatever else it is they love, because it’s fantastic work if you get in with the right people and it can be a great networking opportunity. But be smart about your ambitions, do some research, make some plans. Dreams are great, but a fat paycheck is better.