When i was younger i wanted to be a civil rights lawyer like my father. He helped many prisoners in the south, and later in the west , who were victims of racism and/or serving time that was unconstitutional, unjust and in conditions that were for many not acceptable for those who’s crime was based on racial, sexist, or religious prejudice . He represented many who had religious practices that the federal and state courts labeled as criminal. Many of those practices are now allowed and protected under the religious freedom act which i’m proud of my father for fighting for. He never did it for the money or for fame….. he found meaning in being in service and that has been the primary source of his well being.
Under a system that is structured to keep a few in control of many it’s always a threat when anyone thinks or does anything outside of those who are in power’s comfort zone. This applies to those who seek alternative education , alternative medicine, alternative lifestyle, alternative views on creation, alternative views on parenting, alternative views on the environment etc….. Alternative has now become a key search word that the system has used to capture those who seek something alternative and put them right back in the line of mediocrity . So don’t go chasing any of the search results that come up on GOOGLE if your looking for the road less traveled. That road is the reason for this message. You are the kind of resources people need, especially young inspired people.
For many artists to pursue their passion an alternative lifestyle becomes a necessity. The inspiration and time it takes to translate what’s in the imagination to something tangible can be a full time pursuit in which a regular job and and a regular lifestyle are not conducive. It’s especially hard to pursue art if you come from a poor family and/or are a minority which statistics show decreases the amount of decent jobs available that pay a decent wage to help you survive the journey of becoming an artist. This is true for women as well. Without any resources to help you get your feet on the ground weather it be in painting, music, sculpting, photography, design, film, fashion, landscaping, philanthropy etc…… the amount of time and money just to start engaging in any form of art/trade is very expensive for most. The alternative is going to art or trade school ….which is extremely expensive if you want to go to one of the few schools that have the kind of equipment, teachers, and curriculum that embrace your individual needs. In many cases it seems people end up trying to unlearn much of what they learned at school when it comes to applying it to the artist they end up becoming. The exception are those schools that mostly privileged , white , upper class families can afford to send their kids too in which making a living to survive may not even be a concern.
One thing that has been the most helpful in my journey is having the opportunity to work for and with people who are extremely talented, experienced , successful or passionate at what they do. As long as they have at least one of those attributes i’m sure you will learn something from them . And even if they are flat out shit at what they do there is nothing more educational then seeing how someone repeatedly fails. Isn’t that how we become better parents and people? By seeing how our parents failed. At some point tho we all need to be exposed to those who are doing good work.
Right now more than ever it is possible to share with others who seek your knowledge and guidance. It’s not a one way street. Those looking for wisdom usually are willing to work for it so for all those little things that take away from the time you could be focusing on your craft think about finding someone who can run errands for you, clean your studio, organize, send out emails, put your old crap on eBay or Craigslist, etc….. I know many of you already do this , I’m just sending out a reminder. If you are a corporation don’t limit yourself to internships to those who are earning collage credit or have an impressive resume. Open your doors to people who are not the obvious choice and the ones who even make you feel a little uncomfortable.
Back to my point. I wanted to be a civil rights lawyer and I ended up being privileged enough to try many things, have many failures, and take risks that would not have been possible without some help from people who cared about me. In the end i realized i didn’t want to be a lawyer but that i wanted to be a facilitator for creativity and passion. I put all my time and resources into equipment , space, and projects giving artists a place to fallow their passion and grow so eventually they would find their voice and have the ability to share with a large audience in whatever form of expression it is they focused on and would be able sustain themselves doing it. I think I ended up learning more about how to actually help people in that process more than i actually helped people. But for whatever it’s worth the intention was there.
Things have changed quickly. I have two kids and a wife to take care of. I moved to a ranch and away from the city. I have much more responsibility and less time to give to others but i do have an outlet to help connect others that may serve some positive service.
A close friend of mine passed away yesterday and the last time i heard from him he reached out to me about wanting to help out in any way possible. He had just gotten out of prison, he was a few weeks sober and he really just needed to be a part of something that gave him purpose. I never replied and now he is gone. I wish now i would have at least tried to open some doors for him that would have potentially been opportunities that would inspire him. I didn’t take the time to do it and it was a lesson.
Serendipity can be exponentially available by taking action that exposes people to potential good fortune . Luck comes to those who are prepared and seeking opportunity.
If your are looking for a mentor, a creative space , an intern , advice, collaboration etc….. anything that could help inspire and facilitate your creative path please post on our Facebook page and i will share it. To all our artists please take a second when you have time to see if there might be someone you could help and who might be able to help you. And if your looking for an apprentice or assistant etc…. please post and i will re-post. It could literally save someones life.
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