Why don’t I get a real job?

As you my know I am eagerly trying to raise money for my book via my Indiegogo campaign which ends on November 1st.

One might ask, instead of asking people for money, why not find a job that’s not too stressful and write during my free time?

That is, of course my back-up plan!  🙂

I may be writing this post more for myself than any of you. I come from a long line of workaholics, and I have placed much value on what I do for work. I am volunteering more than 30 hours each week at “Inner Fire” in Vermont, but for the rest of the time, it is so nice to be unemployed and placing more value on my creative and inner life for the next six months or so.

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There are three reasons I chose crowdfunding as a way to get by while I finish Other Wise:

1: Including others in my process makes me feel like I am part of the new movement in art. (Read on for more about this)

2: Crowdfunding gives me the freedom to create as honestly as possible.

and

3: It holds me accountable to my backers.

I read something over the summer that has affirmed many of my beliefs and inspired me to shift the way I create….

  1. The new movement in art

“The new movement in art is art therapy.” (Serlin)

Why did this resonate for me so much? Because it is not through expressing oneself, or though consuming another person’s expressions, that humanity is going to more forward at this time.

That is always wonderful, but it is nothing new. Ideally art plays an important part in society, which is to uplift, raise awareness, and lead humanity further in the evolution of consciousness.

The best thing artists can bring at this time is the experience of making art.

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I have considered myself a visual artist for many years, but I always had an aversion to the commercial art world. Making art is a spiritual practice for me, a path of self-discovery and learning about the world.

Looking through the lens that ‘the new movement of art is art therapy,’ I have decided to walk my own talk and create what is healing to my soul and allows me to grow as a human being.

Working on Other Wise gets me out of my ingrained habits around painting and allows me to tap deeply into my creativity. Even better, I get to include others in that process!

2. Self-disclosure

For many years, I put art making on the back burner and focused on my work with people. Teaching and supporting others are great ways of engaging creatively with the world, but as an artist I feel liberated to not be representing the organization I am working for or attending.

Teachers and counselors can be artists as well, but I felt a conflict of interest trying to balance the practical and creative sides of myself.

As a counselor and a teacher, self-disclosure is discouraged, except for when it is of benefit to the student or the client. There is a stereotype in our culture that authority figures have their identities figured out, but as artists, we know the self is not a stable fixed thing. Self-disclosure happens all the time, though our posture, our tone of voice, the places we go, what we notice and don’t notice. I am enjoying being able to explore these subtle currents rather than try and subdue them.

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While I hope my former employers, teachers, supervisors and colleagues would be proud of Other Wise, it feels wonderful to not have to worry about any other professional roles getting in the way, to be able to embrace the unknown parts of myself and allow myself to be a vessel, rather than a mirror, for awhile.

Thank you for being my muse

Crowdfunding is forcing me to share my intentions with others. Words are very powerful, and by articulating to my backers what my project is about, I feel involved in a sacred pact with you all. This helps motivate me to carry the impulse alive in this book through to reality.

I do well with structure, and during the upcoming months of writing, posting updates will provide a welcome sense of responsibility.

Keep in touch. Ask questions. Comment.

My favorite thing is to hear about other people’s creative process!

And please donate 🙂

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Source: Serlin, I. (2007). Whole-Person Healthcare, Volume 3, The Arts and Health. Westport, CT:Praeger Perspectives

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