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Yesterday, I read this article from a Canadian blogger about why local arts scenes are dying and posted about it on my Facebook (yeah, we've already established that I don't give much of a shit about fandom-RL exclusivity -- add me up there if you feel the same way! I've already been friends with a handful of LJ and Tumblr folks for at least a year lol), and I didn't realise I had so many feelings about our local arts scene until I started discussing it with various friends afterwards.

Which is a little weird because I've been into the arts since I was very little? Into it meaning I've been exposed to musicales since age five (Les Miserables was my first love) and grew up with a former-singer-performer mother and enjoyed doodling since god-knows-when, but never really did much to hone it--with the exception of being active in school plays during elementary and high school, and taking a lot of performance arts classes and doing a lot of video assignments at uni (I was a Communications/Media Arts student *shrug*). So I guess part of the feelings also came from my frustrations with not being able to fully pursue anything creative? So now I'm living vicariously through my artist friends by going to their events and pimping them out, while I struggle to help my family get out of the financial shit we're in on the side even though I can never say that I'd ever be happy with corporate life.

Heh, yeah. I think this pretty much replaces what fandom life I used to have. An existential crisis.

Date: 2013-05-22 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leviathans-moon.livejournal.com
maybe you should try and see whether you can participate in some of these arts programmes, as a helper at the least. I'm part of an author group, pretty low key, but we do our own readings with music and all that and it's a nice bit of fun on the side.
you could help the art scene survive, maybe?

Date: 2013-05-22 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com
I have been trying out some things on the side actually. Last November, I auditioned for a full-length indie film and got a supporting role. We're still not done filming, but it's supposed to be released in September. :) also my friends have encouraged me to try out spoken word poetry again, and said I could perform during some of their exhibits, so I'm trying my best to make that happen as well.

I always do try to participate in my own way, or at the very least support the scene by attending shows and advertising them. I guess the frustration comes from not being able to spend enough / as much time I would like to be active? Because a huge chunk of my life goes to corporate work and worrying about household expenses, and I feel like it's draining the energy and creativity from me sometimes. I know there's not much I could do about that right now, though, so I choose to just let it be and not let it affect me too much. But once in a while I just have to let it out somehow, y'know?

Date: 2013-05-26 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cvionic29.livejournal.com
I feel sorta the same. I feel like I don't participate enough in the art scene as I'm supposed to. (And this is already coming from someone who's direction in life is going no where near the corporate life.) I don't think I go to enough openings or art related stuff instead bum at home. I feel I don't support the local scene enough. (Probably also because my parents don't want me going out too much.)

Date: 2013-05-27 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravyn-ashling.livejournal.com
yeah, it would be especially hard if your folks don't want you going out too much. but at least you're working very hard in school to do what you want? that's already a great start. i'm sure when you have more freedom with your time, you'll be able to support the scene in your own way. :)

Date: 2013-05-27 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cvionic29.livejournal.com
Took a break from school though. :P Hope I do get more active in the art scene when my parents let me loose. Haha

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