If You Think That Becoming A Sculptor Is Easy, Think Again
“Do What You Love, and You’ll Never Work Another Day in Your Life”. You might have seen this quote before in the Internet, reassuring you that you can follow your dream and everything will run smoothly. But it’s always the case because you will hit a rocky road ahead. Sometimes, you’ll stop and ask yourself if you are doing the right thing. As an artist, I have encountered this many times, more than I could remember. If think that you just need a skill to carve, you are wrong.
Sometimes You Have To Starve
We know great sculptors who have millions in their bank accounts. They have made their name known and every work they present are appreciated and worth millions. But during the starting stage, it’s not the case. When you are just new or someone who is not known yet, your income is not that stable. You’ll have to work very hard and get little rewards, that is the price for doing what you love. All you can do is to continue what you have started and gather all your guts and courage in the hopes that one day, someone will take notice how great you are. And you know that when that day comes, you’ll never have to starve again.
You Lose Track Of Time
A piece of art can consume a lot of your time. There will be times that you don’t know the difference between day and night because you are so preoccupied in your work. The sweet sacrifice you have to make in order to reach your dreams. You sacrifice time with your family and loved ones for a piece of art. It may sound absurd but you can’t help it. The monster in you is so strong, all you can do is to give in. But the prize is great once your work is finished. It’s like welcoming a new born baby in the family.
It Makes You Weirder
Bankable pieces of art are those that are out of this world. People like to see complications in your work. Sounds weird right? In the world of art, the weirder the better. It is the exact opposite of working for the corporate world. So don’t judge an artist when they appear to be weird because that’s how we are trained. We become weirder for the sake of your enticement and attention.