I Am An Artist


"I think I would love to be an artist."
"No, no you’re not artist
"Well, that may be, but I would like to be one anyway."
can’t be an artist, for a number of reasons: You can’t support yourself and be
an artist. You can’t possibly take time away from all of life’s responsibilities
to just sit and play with art. And you can’t just go around calling yourself an
artist. You must be deemed one."
"Hmmmm, I hadn’t thought of all
"Yeah, I didn’t figure."
"Did I mention that creating makes me come
"Did I mention that creating makes you go broke and is a silly waste
of time?"
"Yes, yes, you did make that point. And I suppose it’s a good
"Of course it is."
"But what’s the bit about you have to be deemed
an artist…what does that mean?"
"Well, it means you can’t just out of the
blue wake up one morning and say, ‘Hey, I’m an artist now.’ "
"No, you have to be good. And someone else has to think so too. In
fact several someones."
"Oh, well that’s too bad. I couldn’t even get into
Grad school. Wasn’t good enough."
"I know."
"And I didn’t go to school for
"I know."
"I should have. But I took a safer approach."
"I know.
Artists aren’t safe. Your safe."

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[Originally posted 8.24.06]