Inspired by every student whose told they can’t be an artist because it doesn’t “make enough money”.
Fuck this mind set fuck it fuck it, rent, bills, food, transportation, clothing, HEALTH, these are all things that everyone must deal with and just prancing through your life REFUSING to settle for a job that will provide money for BASIC NEEDS is classist, ableist, and just plain idealistic and uninformed.
You can’t just open a fucking yarn shop out of nowhere and expect to do well and be able to provide healthcare for yourself, security for yourself, and don’t even get me started on EMPLOYEES that will be depending on YOU to provide their income.
I hate this idea that you can just float through life and get away with doing something you can enjoy because otherwise EVERYONE would be doing that.
Mmnnyeah, it’s a little hard to get creative when you have no reliable means of generating income to provide you with things you NEED like, uh, food. It’s this something called, uh… oh, yeah. The Hierarchy of Needs. Look it the fuck up, you crotch clown.
The line “but my parents” sums it all up. If you feel you’re under obligation to your parents to persue or avoid a particular career, it primarily says “I depend on my parents” and are not in a position where you’ll face the full consequences of fucking up. You have a safety net, and this argument is actually saying “don’t worry, your parents will save you if your artistic idealism fails to make ends meet, so don’t take it too seriously”.
I owe my mum a LOT. She’s basically given over her huge garden shed to me as a rent-free workshop to try and create my own business within. It’s started working, but it’s taken over 3 years now. Mostly because I have that safety-net, I’ve been sloppy and undisciplined and grown slowly as a result. I would not have gotten away with it for this long, to finally see income start to rise, if it were not for her support and that massive leaway. The only reason I have any selection-pressure in it at all now, making me push more professionally, is because I want out of here and to stand on my own feet.
The whole idea is magical-thinking BS. Confirmation bias at it’s worst. If you suceed in making a living from your passion, it’s proof the idea must be correct. If you don’t then you must not be trying hard enough.
Passions motivate, they give life it’s spark. But I’ve seen way more people grind their passions into the mud by trying to make a job out of them than I have seen them succeed with this whimsical dream. Yeah it can work, but the odds are against you and the reason you see people claiming it’s a perfect cure-all lifestyle is because those that fail trying don’t have passions at all anymore.
EDIT:Comics like this also strike me as being made to reassure the artists own choices. Something they can look on and feel justified about their life choices whenever they’re late on the rent or eating ramen. Nothing makes you entrench into an idea quite like making a public declaration about it.
Also, if you’re in a hospital at the end of your life and dealing in dollars, you’re definitly going to want piles of that “worthless paper” to hand, unless you’re happy to lumber your surviving relatives with a few hundred grand in bills.