Making Art in “These Troubled Times”

September 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Podcasts

Today I had the pleasure of sitting in on one of my favorite podcasts, Ted Seko’s Idiot Engine. Ted asked me to talk with him for a bit about the importance of being an artist and storyteller in a bad economy. Should we pack it in for a few years and focus on making money, hoping for smoother times where we can resume creating our art? If things are really as bad as the news would have us believe, isn’t it frivolous to pursue making imaginary tales?

Of course I don’t believe that, and I’m sure you don’t either. But it’s telling that this question even comes up in discussion amongst artists. Art can be so undervalued in the world that even we creators wonder if we’re not wasting ours and everybody else’s time with it (especially the majority of us who aren’t “rich and famous”). Art and storytelling are always necessary, and therefore there’s no “good” or “bad” time to make it. It’s always a dangerous career path. But given my short time in the field, I share some thoughts and experiences through my discussion with Ted on how taking a breath and knowing your character as an artist can help you navigate the waters and find a path for yourself.

We shouldn’t let dad talk us out of making our art. We owe it to ourselves, and (to be a little romantic) to everyone else.

You can listen to the episode below, or subscribe to Ted’s show here.

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