Who is to say that any work of art must have a frame? Why should we limit ourselves? Likewise, why should we, as artists, limit out artistic careers? I am a Freshman in college. I have no plan. I am studying to become an artist, so I obviously have little aspiration to actually make money. Sarcasm aside, I want to create art and I want to survive doing just that. And whatever that manifests itself as is left up to fate. All I can do now is make connections and work to better my craft. and it may not necessarily be just bettering my craft but bettering the craft. Now wouldn’t that be something.
Does this mean that there is no value in… you know… not starving? Of course not. But again, I’m speaking as a college freshman in a conservatory-style training program. At this point in our lives we need to break every rule we can imagine. We need to push every boundary. Basically, we need to spend as much of these formative college years in unbridled artistic DISCOVERY because after these four years are over, that opportunity is not likely to repeat itself. Why “frame” ourselves into some tiny box of convention and expectation? What does the audience expect? Give them the opposite. Make people angry. Always question authority. Make something completely hideous. I don’t care. Just do not let art become stale. The moment we begin creating art encased in a crunchy sugar coating of convention, we lose the very essence of art itself. As an acting teacher once told us:
“Don’t think outside the box. Tear the fucking box to pieces.”
Does this have anything to do with my career in the arts after college? No. Therefore, did I answer the question asked of me to complete this particular assignment? No. I did not. And I did not because, frankly, I don’t know. And I don’t care to know until I have had a taste of every available option and until I have discovered what the art means to me personally.
Yes, this was essentially a rant. In fact, were I to go back and read what I just wrote, it would probably make absolutely no logical sense whatsoever. But that’s okay. It makes sense to me. It’s meaningful to me. And right now that’s enough.
Take from it what you will.