Art and Money

I have been fortunate to have known a lot of creative people over the years. I count writers and musicians and many other “creatives” among my friends. In years gone by, I was a partner in a record label and I managed bands. Today, I do a little writing myself, as you may have noticed.

Some of the creative people I know are fortunate to be able to earn a living with their art. Others invest their time and money in their craft knowing that they may never be published or that no one will ever hear their songs. Whatever level of success my friends have enjoyed in the past, and whatever success may come their way in the future, they all put their heart and soul into whatever it is th


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4 Responses to Art and Money

  1. Susan says:

    I am trying to find a balance between the two. My art is creating plush, yarn dolls and toys. I create my patterns and am always adding new creations to my list. However, to try to form a business I also create patterns based on client requests, and make multiples of items to sell.

    Sometimes a balance can be found, and I think that for many creatives this is necessary to hopefully turn our passions into viable businesses.


  2. Gail says:

    I create needlework/sewing art for myself and friends. I don’t try to sell it, but I do help finance my sewing by my webstore, where I sell sewing patterns and related items. I feel like I am making things vicariously that way without the stress of wondering if someone will like an item well enough to buy it, especially as most people have no idea what a handmade item costs in time alone much less cost of goods to make it. I also get the joy of feedback from customers who are happy to have finally found an item they have been looking for.

  3. Katy says:

    you bummed me right out

  4. Bills says:

    I’ve heard that some of those painters from “traveling art” shows make a couple of hundred thousand a year doing what they do. Maybe I need a new profession.

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