Not a FYTP, but I thought this was quite upsetting.
Submitted by diamondsanddancers
Uhg stuff like this makes me so mad. People have NO appreciation for the arts and that pisses me off. My friend is going to MICA which is often listed as one of the best art schools in the country (I’m from the US) and gets this “oh…you’re going to art school” look every time she says anything about it. If you tell people you’re majoring in drama or creative writing or music or dance or art or anything that involves a single spit of creativity, you’ll get asked if you have a “back up plan.” Yes, the artistic community is very competitive. Do you know what else is competitive? BUSINESS. LAW. THE MEDICAL FIELD. SPORTS. Hell, I’m pretty sure business is even MORE competitive than theatre is. But nobody asks you what your “back up” is if you want to be a business man. Nobody looks at you twice if you want to be a pro-athlete.
What people don’t understand is that the arts are emotionally, mentally, and physically taxing. When I act well, it feels like I’m tearing out my heart and putting it on display for everyone to see. With writing I just stare at the page until I start to bleed. THAT is what makes art; pure, raw emotion, channeled into something beautiful. The fact that nobody can appreciate that, the fact that people who can throw balls or sell cars are looked up to more than people who can create masterpieces, makes me sick. But it never makes me want to give up.
reasons why our society is fucked. no culture whatsoever.