An Artist’s Work

[I]n the arts, there’s no guarantee for success. Even if you’re working at Wal-Mart, if you show up, you get paid. In the studio, you don’t. It’s very risky business. You have to create your own life and have a very strong understanding about what your have to offer. There will be a lot of people telling you that you’re just fooling around. Society just doesn’t consider an artist’s work as “work” — just like motherhood isn’t often acknowledged as being real work. One learns an awful lot about being human when they put themselves out there in song or in story, but we just relegate it to “entertainment.”

Pamela T. Boll

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