Share Your Art With the World – Why Wait?
By Casey Bell
In the world of art, it is normal to wait for a big break. Artists audition, apply for jobs, and hope one day they will get that job that will cause their dreams to come true. But why wait? There was never a reason to wait. And in today’s times with so many new inventions and technologies being created, why are you waiting?
It doesn’t matter whether you want to dance, design, or direct, there is no reason to wait. There are so many opportunities available for you to create your own dreams. Yes, it is much more work, but the harvest is better. Even during this pandemic, or during a strike, or during any time when it seems like you have to wait, you never have to wait.
Chloe x Halle got their start with YouTube. And so did Carly Rae Jepsen, Pentatonix, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd, just to name a few. Lost in Translation, Midnight in Paris, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Slumdog Millionaire, Fahrenheit 9/11, Juno, and Clerks are just a small number of films that were produced independently and without the help of the people of Hollywood. The creators decided not to wait for a yes from Hollywood and chose to produce it themselves. Sara Fajira, Lana Del Ray, and Chance the Rapper are just a few musicians who took the independent route. Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Grease, and A Chorus Line were all started independently off-Broadway before making their transitions to the Great White Way.
As an artist, visual or performing, it is your job to get your messages out there.
Either through music, theater, dance, or art, there has never been a reason to wait. There are more tools available now than ever before that you can use to create your dreams into reality. From iTunes, to YouTube, to DeviantArt to film festivals, to now digital expos and webinars, there are many ways for you to showcase your gifts and talents without waiting for a yes.
Carol Burnett got her start by producing a revue with her friends and sending out invitations to agents. She realized she had talent and created her own characters and plots and showcased herself. She realized waiting for the next audition was not working. And she did this back in the 1950s when women were more discriminated against than they are now.
So, why are you waiting?
If you are in college, there are more than enough talented people from writers, to producers, to directors, to performers, to marketers, that you can all band together to create your own jobs. Why wait? Even in the pandemic or a writer’s strike, you still have the tools and talent to create any form of entertainment and find a way to collect a fee or donations and divide evenly among each other. There has never been a reason to wait.
It will not be easy, but it will be worth it. Take the time to create a meaningful piece of artwork and put it out there. Most of you spend your time on social media sharing memes, criticisms, arguments, shade, hatred, dislikes, silliness, and many other useless contents, why not share your art?
Do not wait any longer, this earth is in need of more meaningful art. Do not wait, create.
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