When I meet someone who has similar interests as me, I automatically feel connected to them – The strongest of these interests for me, is being an artist.
If you’re an artist you can probably understand the struggle of finding lucrative jobs that allow you creative freedom – It’s like finding a unicorn or a fire breathing dragon – they just don’t exist.
So when I meet other artists I feel compelled to get their name out there as much as possible. For example, a friend of ours is a photographer and when we were looking for a wedding photographer of course we asked Bobby to do it. Our photos were phenomenal and his work spoke for itself – everyone wanted to know who our photographer was and I was happy to pass the business along.
I have a few other friends who are designers, artists, musicians and photographers. Most recently, I came to know a graphic designer through my job. We’d gotten to talking about design and what we both enjoy about it. Prior to joining the medical field, I’d been working as a graphic designer but when my company downsized their marketing branch, I got cut from the team. However it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me – I really enjoy my job now. It’s nowhere near artistic but it’s been great experience and a welcomed change.
The graphic designer who I met is named Charles, Charlie for short. Charlie piqued my interest when I realized he was about the same age as me and he said he worked from home as a freelance designer, currently working on some big projects. He just seemed so opposite of the typical Art students I met at Pratt Institute, he seems like a reserved and unassuming dude. I didn’t get along with the stereotypical art geeks in college, my style was passé as far as they were concerned – I doned huge hoop earrings and slicked my hair back in a tight pony like J-Lo. Anyway, this dude seemed like he was serious about his work and I truly admire that. It’s hard out here for for designers – hence me getting laid off from a design job and becoming a doctor’s bitch. It takes guts to follow your dreams and passions.
What I’m trying to say is support art. One more time for the people in the back: SUPPORT ART. It is important and we need it. Don’t go looking for free photos or free drawings, free music beats or free web designs… we deserve to be paid for our work just as much as you do.
All my homies get to eat.
Comment your art pages! I’d love to check them out.
Go check out my man Charlie’s work: here.
An artist whose work is unparalleled: Jonathan James.
You can find my own designs Here.