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Alright. I think it’s about time we have an “art –to-art”.

Artists are dreamers. It’s what we do. We envision something. We let it marinate for a moment and then we make it happen by any means necessary. More often than not, artists need some assistance along the path to making our dreams a reality. Especially, if the dream is some kind of a production such as a play, performance, event, etc…and especially, since most of us artists suffer from a bad case of “ain’t got no”. This is where our community/family of artists comes into play. Over our years of development and growth as artists, we tend to form strong bonds with certain other artists and we just become family. In my case, my family of artists is known as “Hartists”. Many of us are from/live in Hartford, CT. This is our home base. Many of us have or will venture out into other areas of the country, but we will always be Hartists.

As a family/community, we support each other’s dreams and goals. We help each other from concept to curtain call. It’s what we do. We attend countless rehearsals and meetings. We endure group text messages and group inbox messages. We help in editing. We help in casting. We help each other. More often than not, we do this knowing that there will be no monetary compensation whatsoever.

We help each other because it’s what we are supposed to do, not for monetary gain. We are a family. It’s what we do. It’s what we are supposed to do. We all know how difficult it is to be a successful artist and therefore, should be there for each other to ease the struggle, not to add to it.

Now, this is not to say that we ALWAYS do things for free, of course not. If there is an outside entity (outside of the family/community of artists) seeking talent, please pass the hat. Artists get hungry and have bills too. However, when it comes to helping someone in our family make their dream a reality, money is not the first thing on our minds. Well, at least not all of us. Of course there are a few who will always have their hand out looking for the dinero. The funny thing about that is that quite often the people looking for compensation when called upon by other artists are the same people who have requested and received various forms of free assistance from others. continued on next page…

That being said…artists, we have to be able to discern when to look for/expect compensation, who to look for it from, and when we should “just do it”. More often than not, our fellow artists WANT to be able to pay us four our assistance however, often it’s just not possible. If you’ve ever put together an event or production you understand. There’s overhead, food, decorations, lighting, etc…to pay for. Often times, after putting on a production or event (even with ticket sales) we end up in the red. It’s hard out there. We have to be able to discern between when we should simply lend a helping hand, when to simply participate in something because it will help your fellow artists make bring a dream to life and when we should discuss some kind of monetary exchange. Not everything, especially when it comes to being an artist, is about money nor should it be.

In my experience, my greatest compensation for helping my fellow Hartists bring their dreams to life, have been being able to commune and work with groups of wonderful artists, enhancing my skills and most of all, seeing their faces when everything comes together and their dream is no longer a dream. It’s an absolutely beautiful thing. Simply beautiful.

I supposed, I said all of that to say this…If, as an artist, you always have your hand out for monetary compensation, you are missing out on so much. If you can’t see the beauty in being a part of a family member’s dream, you are missing out. If the first thought in your head when a fellow artist requests your assistance with a dream of theirs is “How much will this pay?” then your heart isn’t in it and you probably shouldn’t do it. Do them and yourself a favor and politely say “no.” We are family.

Photo Credit: Keith Claytor
Body Paint: Brettnee Nelson
Painting: Andre Rochester

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Photo Credit: Keith Claytor
Body Paint: Brettnee Nelson
Painting: Andre Rochester

Alright. I think it’s about time we have an “art –to-art”. rtists are dreamers. It’s what we do. We envision something. We let it marinate for a moment and then we make it happen by any means necessary. More often than not, artists need some assistance along the path to making our dreams a reality. Especially, if the dream is some kind of a production such as a play, performance, event, etc...and especially, since most of us artists suffer from a bad case of “ain’t got no”. This is where our community/family of artists comes into play. Over our years…

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