My previous post entitled “The Process Of Becoming” has had me thinking about another conversation with artist and friend, Mark Dorf. Mark is another emerging artist and is making grand strides in the art world after graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in photography. Recently we met over drinks and discussed where we were in our careers, our work and where we hoped our professional lives would take us. Each of us made suggestions to the other about opportunities to check out and artists to research.
I cannot express enough the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Often, being an artist means spending hours in solitude, whether that is in the studio creating or in front of computer screen writing. Meeting with and being around other artists can help one to see things in a different light and contemplate alternatives or solutions to problems that weren’t considered before.
Later in the week I emailed Mark to thank him for suggesting a residency that I applied for and attached one of my grant letters that resulted in funding. He thanked me and commented on how important it was to help one another through the trials and tribulations of being an artist. He also remarked on the number of people that he had come across who were so completely unwilling to share information or be helpful in anyway.
So here is the purpose for this post: artists, be helpful to one another. Why would you want to keep resources, opportunities and other useful information away from potential colleagues? You never know what other artists may know and may be willing to share with you. And this leads me to the purpose of this blog: not only am I hoping to document my process of becoming a successful artist but I would like to create a resourceful site for other artists out there who I trying to “make it” as well.
Remember: karma is a bitch, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours and do unto others as you would have others do unto you.