Had another art show this past Friday, my second out of town show and the second to be held in Illinois. Making more progress on my big fan art piece and trying to finish up another OC.
After I graduated college, I thought it was necessary for me to find a decent art job as soon as possible. Since I took classes, it's only natural I find employment in my field of study. Well, I'm still holding the same gas station job I've always had. It's decent, but I thought I needed something more dignified; something fitting for a man who's exhibited artwork in the galleries. I mentioned this to a friend of mine and she asked "why?" Mind you she's an artist as well but she runs her own coffee shop and gallery space. I guess having such an attitude might have come off acting elitist to her with what she does with her life.
One day during work, a local musician who I really admire came in and got a few things and we chatted for a bit. After he left, I realized he wore a hat and drove a truck that signified he worked for a carpet shop; it's likely he lays down carpet himself. And it dawned on me; he writes and records his own music, he performs in bars around the area, he's respected by fans and other musicians, but he's a regular Working Joe like anyone else. These moments taught me you don't have to have a high level status job just because you create work people admire and you're not entitled to one either. You just have to live comfortably. That was a bit of an eye-opener and made me realize you don't have to be successful in everything to show you are successful.
Not sure I'll keep the gas station job forever, I do enjoy it now and again, but whatever I do in the future, I just hope I enjoy it.
Keep making great art.