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In Real Artists Don't Starve, Jeff Goins says the romanticization of poverty and the myth of the starving artist is a flawed model for a creative life. "Don't starve for your art, thrive for it."
When I was a young poet living in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, I introduced myself to an English class where I was helping out. Several of the students began to argue, "No, you're not a poet, poets are depressed. They have terrible lives." The oddest part was that they didn't know me, but they had the perception that a poet would not be out in public, volunteering in an English class, or—smiling.
I get it. Depression, suicide, and also poverty characterize a lot of the best American and Russian poets. But that is a genuinely awful standard for aspiring creatives. Many of those poets, such as Emily Dickinson, died before seeing publication or being paid for their art. Emily Dickinson refused publication.
Value yourself, your art, and expect a happy, wealthy life. You cannot "sell out," if you can cash in on your investments on your terms.
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