A REAL JOB
“When are you going to get a real job?”
How often have those of us in the arts heard people ask us that? People who ask such a question have no idea just how much work goes into creating. These people love watching television and movies, but never give a second thought how much creative energy, or work, it took to produce what they love to watch.
Some of the people who ask me about getting a real job are the shoulders mentioned in the previous blog. (“You should do this. You should do that.”)
“Writing is hard work,” I say.
“Ha! No it’s not,” they say. “You just sit on your ass. Where’s the work?”
“Yeah, you’re right,” I say. I don’t bother trying to explain the emotional anguish one often experiences in trying to express one’s feelings in art.
Sometimes creating is easy. Sometimes the art just flows out of you, and you cannot create fast enough. But more often you are wrestling with inspiration just to produce something. You’re not happy unless you produce something.