@Roger Sutton@twitter I don't like feeding the trolls...but sometimes I can't help myself. My article isn't about me. It's about a career path - one that happens to be expensive. Some careers take more initial investment than others, and that can place them out of some people's reach. OF COURSE I wish I was rich, so I could try to be an opera singer AND an artisanal chocolate maker AND board horses AND wear fancy clothes all the time and fly business. But those things just aren't realistic, and that's fine. I feel for the people who love ONLY opera but can't afford it. That's a sad thing, and something that I wish the industry would address. I'm lucky that I'm a pretty diverse performer and enjoy a lot of different art forms. Now, in my case personally: What stood between me and having an opera career was a decision that I made - I did not want to go into more debt investing in that career path, when another career path was available that I liked just as much but didn't require the upfront investment. I have no idea what type of career I could have had, because I chose to pursue another path pretty early on. What I know is that had I been wealthy, I could have pursued it. It's similar in many ways to sports that have a high initial investment - you don't see a lot of poor people riding equestrian. And there's a reason. And no, the reason isn't "sour grapes" or "just don't love horses enough" or "lazy" or whatever. It's that some things are objectively more expensive than others, and everyone has a different risk threshold in terms of how much debt they'll accrue before being like, "um, how do I eat?"
By Emily O'Neill@twitter on I Didn't Think Art Could Make Me Rich, But I Thought It Might Pay Some Very Cheap Rent (Nope)
@katiekate I'm fully aware the arts don't pay, and I don't think I was naive to hope I could make it work. I think we all hope to make it work, and we do, to varying degrees. My current job isn't ideal for me because of how much energy it robs me of. Being a working artist is something that does take a lot of juggling, and I am fully aware of and accepting of that. I even like the juggling a lot of the time. My life feels full and interesting. The article was just an expression of how exasperating the arts can be when you put more energy into your art life than your work life but your work life is still somehow more lucrative.
@themegnapkin Yes, there is. Although not as much as there used to be, before Communism fell. (Seriously.) Of my successful opera singing friends, about half of them have taken the European fest contract route. But those are still positions that one would get AFTER doing the whole YAP/contest process - when you're in your late 20's, early 30's, not fresh out of school.
I have that bed base. I was super excited about it because in theory you don't even need a bed frame! Win! But I guess I flop down on the side of my bed more often than the average person, because the wood cracked within a week on two sides (I am not a particularly heavy person either). I had to go to Home Depot and find some metal plate looking things to use to reinforce it, then ended up also getting a bunch of wood blocks and wedging them between the floor and the frame like extra legs all around the sides so it doesn't sag (this is ugly but it works). Moral of the story, sit gingerly on the side of your bed.
By CL on My Last Five Hundred Bucks
Now I feel really bad about being too lazy to post: "I bought a Sultan Hanestad and was actually happy to find bedbugs almost immediately afterwards because I hated it so much!"
IKEA lets you exchange your mattress once for free! http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/customer_service/return_policy/
My boyfriend lives in a trailer park and despite the stigma it really is nice. It's a popular thing for older people and young single people where we live, since condos aren't really a thing here. He's the only man on the strata committee and the cute old women flirt with him and keep asking if he knows any single old hot guys they can date. It's a nice little community.
I just sleep on a pile of laundry
I think this success will prove most successful if you can successfully completely wipe taxes from your mind from now until October ... 13th? Yes, do that. (October 12th?)