Good financial advice for artists

February 11, 2008  in  Art as a profession       Related posts:    

John Scalzi, writer and blogger extraordinaire, posted some excellent financial advice geared towards new writers. So often people who give business advice artists come across as condescending or (worse) uninformed. (Did I ever tell you about the time I was in a business workshop for artists, and the entire panel just laughed at my question about earning a living as an artist? As Bugs Bunny would say, what a bunch of maroons.) But Scalzi’s different. He’s got a great no-nonsense style, with information based on real experience. And he doesn’t hold back his opinions, which is pretty unique for a subject that so many people pussyfoot around. For a taste, here’s, Scalzi on keeping your day job:

“Look, people: someone is paying you money and giving you benefits, both of which can support your writing career, and all you have to do is show up, do work that an unsupervised monkey could do, and pretend to care. What a scam! You’re sticking it to The Man, dude, because you’re taking that paycheck and turning it into art. And you know how The Man hates that.” [link]

Good stuff, good logic, all well written. Just substitute your own art whenever he says “writers”, and the same logic applies to you. And the comments are a good source of advice and opinions as well. Whether you agree with him or not, it’s good reading.