In a recent twitter post, famous Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, was asked what he was up to and how he was spending his time? His answer: “Doin’ family”.
Coincidentally, on a couple different social media platforms, I have noticed the ‘cry’ of several artists on their perceived lack of family support. This seems true of immediate family more so sometimes than slightly removed relatives such as uncles, aunts, grandparents, etc.
Who can blame family? They want to see loved ones able to pay their own way in life. Selling art is not always the easiest thing to do.
That being said, this is life; people with trades or professions for one reason or another often find themselves in a bad way. But that’s not what this post is about.
How can ‘family’ help support an artist? Since lists are ‘in’ right now, here’s mine. ( note : I toggle back and forth from referring to young and older artists)
1. Sure, buy a work of art from family. If the art is too expensive or you really don’t like the art then don’t buy it. Promises or Maybe’s are much worse than a “No”.
2. Don’t try to find them a job unless they ask. Suggesting the local factory or gas station is hiring really adds to the frustration on both sides. Leave that ‘choice’ up to the artist.
3. Encourage young artists to consider training in fields that benefit from their ‘artistic’ or creative talents. (some will want this but others will want to keep their art separate from their main means of income.)
4. See that they are given opportunities to develop their gifts ( when young) by finding them a mentor or teacher or established artist. I’m assuming older artists will seek this out for themselves.
5. Be moral support. This is really the most important. Make sure an artist of any age knows they’re doing something worth while. Often young artists are ‘praised’ ridiculously for their art but not told that what they are doing is important for themselves and for others.
The fact is most artists have a huge sense of insecurity about themselves and their work…at least in the beginning. They’re baring their ‘all’ so-to-speak when they show their work.! Art has to make an emotional connection. If it doesn’t it can be a major disappointment for the artist.
I suppose there’s a lot more that can be said about this. One has to stop somewhere and let the comments take over.
In Nimoy’s case, his parents wanted him to go to college and gain a stable career. It was his grandfather that actually encouraged him to be an actor.
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