Being a #millennial artist in the #modernworld

It's hard enough being a millennial these days without adding on the artist label. The current values and beliefs in society are those of a generation before our time-- work is everything, live to work, go up the corporate ladder, get a stable and reliable job, go to school, get a degree, etc, etc, etc.


But where does this fit in with us? Does this take into affect one's happiness? One's joy? What about one's health and well-being?



|"Cupcakes are muffins that believed in miracles. "

The struggle is real.. working that 9-5 job (that perhaps is not overly stimulating or interesting) five days a week and trying to muster up any mental and physical energy at the end of the week to do your chores, go to appointments and socialize. Next thing you know, being creative is at the bottom of this list and you're on the long spiral down into what I like to call, burn-out.


Been there, done that.

With housing and food prices rising and wages staying the same-- it can be challenging making ends meet. The influence of social media is also strong (#girlboss as one example), the images of people's "perfect" lives and success stories, it's easy to lose hope and question yourself.


How do we make a change? How do we make time and space for creativity and set it as a priority? Is there a way we can achieve balance between the hustle of work and the passion of art? What if we could have both?....


This is where my mind's been at lately. I don't want to look back on my life 20 years from now and think "man, I sure wasted a lot of time sitting at a desk doing something I didn't care about." I want to look back and see memories of challenge, memories of pushing hard, being passionate, helping others, and living a full life.


Being a #millennialartist is not easy..we need to be on top of the game at all times, we need to be in the know of all the latest trends, understand social and online media like a trained computer scientist, and somehow, we need to exude a sort-of nonchalant confidence-- the kind of confidence you get when you know what you're doing and if you fail, it's okay because at least you look pretty doing it aka #fakeittilyoumakeit


So what's the solution? Part of me wants to believe that if we are just #authentic to ourselves and really #nourish and #harbor our #uniqueness and own our #identity- that this will push us forward.


For example..instead of trying to work on all the things that aren't right or how you want them to be, focus on adding things in and doing more of the things that propel you and motivate you. I'm not saying #quityourdayjob, I'm saying-- build the life you want. Take 10 minutes in your lunch break and BE creative, slowly build this time up and start adding in more. If your goal is to be creative full time and make a living doing so-- DON'T dream big, start small!


For me, starting small has been showing my work in public. I started small by working on pieces everyday for a couple of months until I had a body of work large enough to show.. then I went from there and researched local shows that were happening, then I contacted them and applied for a booth at one. So on and so forth.


That goal has grown exponentially and I am now working towards a goal of running a workshop for fellow artists in the community.


Forget all the comparisons, the social standards, forget trying to live up to someone else's dream. You will never find what you are looking for that way.


Lay down your own foundation and before you know it, you will have a strong and welcome home. #dontquityourdaydream


--Shandra

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