"If you don't mind having to go without things, it's a fine life!" This is a lyric from a song in the musical OLIVER! based of course on the Dickens novel, Oliver Twist. But hey more and more lately it seems to by the story of my life, and you know what? It's fine. I am absolutely happy 99.9% of the time. Sometimes when the bills are higher than the money that month-yeah well I am human, I'll freak out, but for the most part being an artist (and writer) is a pretty good life.
We aren't all starving kids on the streets picking pockets for money and such.. like so many people seem to perceive. I mean when I am working on a film, then everyone is like, "wow your life is so awesome" and also they love how much money we all make in the film industry, then when we are between jobs, or on "hiatus" as they love to say in Los Angeles, these same people are the first to say, "Time to get a real job". You know what, being an artist is a real job. Although not for everyone, but it is a real job and it's fun, hard, depressing, exciting, wonderful, terrifying, amazing, etc... all wrapped up into one. We get knocked down and we get back up. We create, we see the world differently, hence why we are artists, writers, poets, musicians and the rewards are great. So yeah right now I am having a shortage on work, but I have a great apartment, lots of warm clothes, food in my belly and I actually can pay my bills-I am living in the now. I am not focused on the past-where the money was rolling in because I was full time at a studio with union benefits, and I am not worried about the future because today is pretty good and that's fine with me.