This morning, I read a blog post about ‘Starving Artist Lifestyle’ by a writer I follow and much admire. Her writing is excellent. After reading her posts, I learn something new and useful to improve my writing. I also feel inspired.
Today’s post left me feeling lost. In the post, she explained how she manages to survive on a very small income as a writer for a decade and a half! Don’t get me wrong, I admire this writer for her determination and being able to get comfortable below the poverty line.
But perhaps, I have starved enough in my lifetime. I know what it’s like to starve. Literally. I still remember the physical sensation of spasms in my stomach which was so empty it hurt. I still have nightmares about my step-brother crying in front of a bread shop because my mum could not afford to buy even the cheapest bread. I still carry the pain of seeing my step-dad’s fingerprints on my mum’s neck because she dared to hide the last piece of bread to feed my baby step-sister.
So, the idea of starving artist does not attract me. Nor do I feel content to squeeze writing in between my main job as a university lecturer, raising two kids, being a wife, etc. etc. I want to make decent living from writing and my 1:1 work. Is this too much to ask? I say no. Does any other profession tolerate this attitude? Could you go to a doctor, lawyer, even a butcher and say – offer your services for free or nearly free and while you are at it, do a brilliant job!
Anyway, I am grateful that this writer inspired me once again. We don’t have to fulfil this expectation that as an artist we have to starve.
There is another way.
By doing the inner work and shedding limiting beliefs about ourselves and our vocation, we could embrace a different reality: the life where women express themselves freely and fully; where we as women are heard, seen and valued for all of who we are; where we are paid well for our talents and contributions.
I’ve started offering 1:1 work to women to free their voice on paper and in life and several women’s lives are already touched. I am on a mission to help 100 women by 1 July 2016 to move forward with their creative careers and to make full use of their creative expression.
No more holding back or playing small. Rise women, rise! Rise and shine! Say ‘yes’ to being valued and paid for your creative expression.
Watch out this space for further details of 1:1 work.