Now personally being a musician I know the feeling of that dream of wanting your passion and love for music to be your career, but does making that transition make someone a sell out? As I was asking myself this question I came across a blogger that was pretty much caught in the same exact cross roads as I was. Robb Scott Drawings is an artist who enjoyed painting just for the fun of it and tried his best to not make his art become his career BUT after getting a family and many more responsibilities, Robb was in a position where he needed to sell his art. He depicts this dilemma in my following quote from his blog...
"I would not draw famous tourist landmarks, I would not pander to those with money, and I would only create what my heart told me to create. If it was not meant to sell immediately than it would sell in its own time. All great work takes time to discover, right?
As idealic as those thoughts are they were constructed during my life when I had little responsibility. I didn’t have a car, I had no children, no house, no cares. It was easy to pretend I didn’t have to do the little things necessary to get where I wanted. And where I want to be was creating great art without caring if it sells.
However, I’m married now, I have two cars, three children, 1 house and hundreds of kilometres worth of cares. I have to care that my art makes money and doesn’t just leave someone with a nice feeling. It feels great to be appreciated as an artist but that alone doesn’t pay the bills. Because of this I’ve been told often by other artists that I’m selling out." (complete blog can be viewed @ http://www.robbscottdrawings.com/)
Now I am in a similar predicament as Robb for the fact I started playing professorial jobs at the age of 12, a stage in my life where anything more than $5 in my pocket was being rich. There wasn't any need for the money at that age and I myself said if given the opportunity I would play music for the rest of my life for FREE, sad part is now at the age of 21 that $5 I dreamed about being a kid, really can’t even afford to get me a meal. Plus being a student, with social needs as well, having music as my only career I have no choice but to try to make a profit on my music and not only be concerned about the quality of music. Of course I am still very picky as to what gets put out there and what people hear from me but still money became a big part of the equation after a while. Does that make me and Robb sell outs? Aren't we still providing pieces of art that people enjoy? And that are true to our beliefs? Then why are we sell outs, when all we are trying to do is provide ourselves with the basic elements needed to live?
Please readers I would really like to hear your opinions on this. Personally I feel there is nothing wrong with feeding yourself once you stay true to your art and don't give in to the current trends of media that are completely influenced by what society asks for. But I am very anxious to hear what you all have to say about this.