there are so many places with no money that have thriving artistic communties... Indonesia, Georgia, New York... to name just a few
The generators of innovative art typically start with nothing. Nothing... if they are dynamic, compelling and succeed to make something, they seduce people to work with them whom they eventually have to pay and who are often the ones that motivate them to start to make/find money! Then they start to attract/find funding or income... and little artisitc communities are born that create a core for a business community, that sadly often does not return the favour of the audience that comes to them from the art.
Sometimes this happens to someone once; a fluke, beginners luck... but then an artist decides to try and see if they can sustain their art habit AND if they need/want to keep their 'team' - be they designers, musicians, actors, framers, publicists... then there is a new challenge. The infatuation may be over. How do you keep it going? For years and years?
SO it goes back again to the question Bill T Jones asked me 'are you serious about the business?'.
and yes, it becomes a business... it may be a small business, you may not, in the end be the one RUNNING it, but it is a business and this does not have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can be very freeing.
Sometimes I separate my 'art hat' from my 'business hat' completely... mostly I do. Then sometimes I need to do a little dance with them both... and see what I learn... how can they inform each other?
When I did Poetic License, for the first run, that was getting rave reviews, was getting small houses... and when I sat sadly outside the theatre after a show with 4 people (even though they were delighted to have such a private showing and gave me a standing ovation) I was of course mortified... the head of the theatre, a very loving and mature theatre producer/artist said
'why did you call it Poetic License?' you should have called it 'Sexy Angel', poetry is the hardest artform to sell of them all... of course for many, many reasons I would never have even thought of that title... but I will never forget that moment... and all I still had to learn.
Oddly my next piece was not called 'Naked Exotic Women from Venus with exposed...'