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Don't Give Yourself Away
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Published: June 26, 2012
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This self portrait turned out much more serious-looking than I intended it to. It was supposed to be a bit funny but looking at it finished, I wouldn't call it that at all. All I am trying to say with this photo is that I find it so sad how many people who could be great artits/musicians/actors/writers give up their dream for a more 'sensible' and 'reliable' field, for fear of failing or being poor.

I remember telling my dad when I was a kid that I wanted to be an actor, and his response every time was to raise his eyebrows and say matter-of-factly; "Lotta actors out of work". It made me forget the dream for a long time. Luckily, for some reason I was never told not to pursue photography, but many, many people have been. I went to high school with a girl whose parents had taught her that you literally couldn't get a job as an artist. As in, those jobs actually did not exist. Being an artist for a living, to her, was literally like being a dragon for a living. You could pretend and have fun but an actual career was make-believe. She really liked art, too. We were both sixteen by the time I found out, and told her that there were many jobs out there for artists.

I think it's awful that people would lie to their kids to mold them into something they believe is more likely to achieve success (read: money). If your dream is risky, work harder. Don't give that part of you away.

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28/06/2012: I also want to thank everyone so much for sharing their stories in the comments section. It's amazing reading how people feel differently and similar, and hearing the specifics of either your struggle or otherwise. I haven't replied to every comment but I really appreciate reading about each of your experiences :-) so thank you
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VoodooPrint's avatar
emotive, surprenant, realistic, provocation, simple, portrait ''from the street'' little sad but interrogative meaning . intention. under border. what else ?
Runetail-Silveth's avatar
Runetail-SilvethHobbyist Digital Artist
If your dream is risky, work harder. Don't give that part of you away.

What an excellent message. 
arachnopavel's avatar
cdnpix.com/show/imgs/e597d4150… :)
Seriously though. Regardless of the original intent, the photo is very strong. That's how market affects human curiosity and creativity, that's where both science and art are struggling together, being measured and judged in market terms of profitability. I think that the disappointment in social and technical progress in the modern society is mostly, if not entirely, driven by the fact that we let the market perform the expertise, that supposed to be _social_ in the first place, to decide what's worthy and what's not. But fortunately for art, it doesn't take big money, expensive equipment and many years of work to exist in all its diversity - at least not as often and as much as the modern science does... I hope we won't let the copyright madness take this remaining freedom from us, in the end. And excuse me for politics in this comment, maybe it's too much.
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Shye-BirdHobbyist General Artist
So, in school a while back, the guidance counselor had us do this weird thing where they had us think about what we wanted to do when we grew up. After that, we did this silly worksheet, and I had raised my hand and talked to the counselor one on one. I told her that I wanted to be an artist and she said "Not many artists make it out there. They mostly live in apartments and don't make a whole lot if they aren't that big." I nodded, thanked her, and sat there, staring at my paper, aghast why she would have ever told me that. I thought, Well, there goes my dream. Wait no, it's still here. It's just shattered on the floor in a million pieces in front of me. But now, looking back on it, I feel roe inspired to draw than ever. I don't know if it;s just because I want to prove her wrong, and that I can become a good artist or what, but it's a passion that's risen up again. Heck, that's part of the reason I joined DeviantArt, to be inspired and to get better. I may have given up a bit then, but I sure as heck am not giving up now. As we're young, we get so many people telling us our dream jobs so to speak are foolish, impossible, or No, you're not cut out for it. Well guess what? To all those people who keep anyone down or tell anyone what can and can't be: screw you. 
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YouAreViolentRedProfessional Photographer
It's a nice idea to be driven solely by the desire to achieve for yourself, but I honestly think that proving the bastards wrong can be just as good a motivator! It's fantastic to see that she didn't extinguish your fire!! <3
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ThE-PrOpH3THobbyist General Artist
Would you mind if I pencil sketched this?
YouAreViolentRed's avatar
YouAreViolentRedProfessional Photographer
I wouldn't mind at all! :-) I'd adore it if I could see it when you're finished!
ThE-PrOpH3T's avatar
ThE-PrOpH3THobbyist General Artist
Sure! I'll contact ya when I'm done.
JackDenim17's avatar
JackDenim17Hobbyist Writer
I'd like to see that too :meow:
dismaldaydreamer's avatar
dismaldaydreamerHobbyist Traditional Artist
We creative types are something special and should pursue jobs that let us display our talents. That's what we're good at, after all. I say save the ordinary jobs for the ordinary people.
archangelsintic's avatar
love it man, im currently working to enter the field of graphic arts (in my case, photoshop) and this really does just get to me. the story you put in the description reminds me of a friend too. anyways, great post
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DanteSangrealHobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to let you know I I've linked this image from [link]
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YouAreViolentRedProfessional Photographer
Awesome, thanks for letting me know! My facebook is [link] if you wanted to link it in the credit :-)
DanteSangreal's avatar
DanteSangrealHobbyist General Artist
I'd love to, however I only shared the link to your DA image so I can't change it to include your FB.
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YouAreViolentRedProfessional Photographer
That's all good :-) Just shared it in case you wanted to/were able to.
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DanteSangrealHobbyist General Artist
No problem! :)
eoliane's avatar
i'm really in love with this one, it's so powerfull
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BurntBlackRoseHobbyist General Artist
Love this photo! So emotional and powerful...! It may not have turned out as light-hearted as you intended, but it definetly didn't lose anything!
~Rose
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Thank you for making this and writing such an inspiring description to go with it. I keep getting told that I wont make money as a photographer or that its easier to do something else, something that people see as an "actual job". I'm going to keep coming back to this every time they start to win. Thank you for helping me believe in myself and my dreams again .
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YouAreViolentRedProfessional Photographer
You are so welcome, I'm so happy that you can find some encouragement in it. I don't believe anyone can say that photography isn't a real job anymore, the market is definitely expanding and in our lifetime photographers & designers will be more in demand than ever! Don't ever give up :-D
Kriloner's avatar
KrilonerHobbyist Photographer
Tell me a joke =)
YouAreViolentRed's avatar
YouAreViolentRedProfessional Photographer
Finally!! A customer! Here are my rates:

'Yo Mama' joke = a crispbread cracker
Knock-knock joke = plain bagel
Funny knock-knock joke = cheese bagel

If you want multiple jokes, or even an entire stand-up routine, we can work out and equitable exchange through catering options.
Thanks for helping support my new career path :-)
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KrilonerHobbyist Photographer
I have 2 croissants, 1 baguette and some cheese to trade (french inside)

What could you do for such a treasure?
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