Ramblings: Aren’t We All Professionals?
It’s always bothered me when either media or even people either within or out of the profession seem to take or portray people who pursue atypical “liberal arts” as something other than being defined by hard work.
It’s like the stepchild to more “professional” and “financially stable” pursuits and often seen as something like a dream rather than genuine career path. Not to say that not all careers that we take aren’t dreams, but it seems that when you mention the arts and career in the same sentence, some people always seem to equate it to some magical dream delusion you’ve set yourself on. If that makes any sense.
But for me, having an art profession is more than that. Yes, it’s a dream of of mine, but am taking it just as seriously as I would if I was pursuing a job in law.
I don’t have unrealistic expectations or an almost snobbish contempt that isn’t art related. I’m not on some creative high horse aligning my aura to the flows of my obviously outstanding calling for art (sarcasm). I don’t have that mindset that if I make good enough art it would be heard, because not only is that absurd but you don’t “get” into art hoping to get so good you’ll be super duper famous and resonate with everyone. A goal like that just isn’t sustainable in my opinion.
And of course I know that this profession isn’t a provider and that in reality I will be working at a place that probably isn’t art related at all. But it isn’t a pipe dream for me.
I know there’s this saying that you should never take yourself too seriously, but in some cases it would be nice if the masses took an art career a little more seriously than it either has been portrayed or talked about. There’s nothing worst than seeing a character on TV, about your age, struggling with an art career they’re passionate about, only to have them complain (often childishly or naively) about it coupled with instances of continued self-loathing and an emphasis on anti-professionalism.
Not to say no one goes through such periods, but I do get offend when art professionals seem to be these eccentric vapid people on a cloud of self enlightenment. We’re all not the same, we all approach art differently, experience it differently even. The only commonality we do have is that we love doing what we’re doing and we work pretty damn hard to keeping doing what we love to do.
I don’t stay up until three in the morning working on a project for something often romanticize. It’s not fun and sometimes it’s just work. Doesn’t change my love for it, but I’m not under a veil either.
I really don’t know where all this is coming from. And reality this all could be some type of stress reliever and a window to how I’m progressing as I grow closer to graduating. Am I maturing? I don’t know, because I still feel naive and incredibly stupid sometimes (but I really don’t think you ever grow out of doing stuff like that…they just kind of start or hopefully start to become less frequent).
I’m not trying to puff myself out or anything “higher than thou”. It’s not my intention. But I kind of like giving personal commentaries and I needed to talk about this one even if it’s quite long, unedited, and probably only going to be read by me. I still think it’s a good topic to explore a bit more about.
1. Take a chance and talk to them.
2. Never make assumptions about what other people are feeling.
3. If you can’t cry, then run until your lungs burst, or write until you feel something.
4. People leave. It’s as inevitable as the change of the seasons, but don’t let it define you.
5. Cigarettes are not meal replacements.
6. Destruction is lovely, but nothing is more beautiful than creation.
7. Don’t compare your intelligence to others’; it’s something too abstract to be measured.
8. Being happy and not afraid to die is a dangerous combination.
9. There’s something to be said for anonymity, but don’t lose sight of yourself. Sometimes the best thing for the other person is to let them live their life without you.
10. Don’t be the other woman. You deserve to be with someone who will respect you enough to be with only you.
11. Never be pressured into doing something sexual.
12. Don’t call yourself a slut or a whore, because it makes it okay for other people to call you that and that is NOT okay.
13, Feel free to fall, but always be prepared to catch yourself.
14. Jealousy will eat you alive. Don’t be jealous of other people’s relationships - there are always flaws you can’t see.
Q:Your dick is probably like a tic tac hahahahhahaha
Admittedly, I would absolutely find this hilarious if I didn’t know the simple fact that the smiling woman is the Prime Minister of Denmark!
The PM and Obama have met lots of times now …
… which is probably why they’re seated next to one another. I mean, come ON, obviously it’s not some random man-stealing bimbo that was placed next to the President of the United States.
But the media loves to pin women up against each other, so for good measure here’s a picture of all three smiling together and one of the two women alone…
Please, signal boost this and stop the idiotic scenario where these two intelligent and powerful women are being reduced to petty women that care only about the attention of a man - even if it is the President of the United States.
The more you know. Now, go forth an have an AWESOME day!
Kinda sad that this post is even necessary.
read an amazing article on how the reception of Michelle Obama’s “disapproving look” reinforces the stereotype about the “mad black woman”. It’s pretty annoying how people simplify her and put her in a box
what I really mean to say is that i hope you aren’t held back because of a number. and that you don’t rush into things because it feels like time is slipping by. i hope you do what’s right for you. hold on. slow down. and breathe in. your age is your age. but more importantly, your life is your life. don’t change your journey so that it matches someone else’s. we need to walk different paths so the whole world can be explored. revel in the differences. and enjoy where you are.