MAKING ART WORK: Advice for artists, from artists is a series that taps into the knowledge and experience of seasoned creatives from our community and beyond for the benefit of our students. We ask three simple questions that get at the heart of what it takes to thrive.
For our first post we interviewed Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre, Martine Kei Green-Rogers, PhD.
By Noelle Sharp
1. What do you wish you had known when you were a young artist?
That being an artist is a perfectly acceptable path for one's life, that being an artist is intellectually and emotionally stimulating, and that the work that I will do (and am capable of doing) has the potential to change someone's world view.
2. How do you find balance between creating your own art and using your creative talents for other projects (jobs, collaborations, etc.)?
I have yet to find that balance, unfortunately. I have a project that has been on the back burner for a while and will probably stay there for another couple of years. I just count myself lucky that I am in enough demand at the moment that I have to figure that out.
3. What’s the most useful advice you were given?
To pursue my joy! If a project or gig does not feel right in your soul -- don't do it. Life is too short to work at places that do not bring you joy.
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