Especially when these thoughts are applied to music, our world is in a funny kind of stuck shape. I don’t think of myself as a consumer of music and movies as such anymore. If I tried not to spend a lot of money on anything like that unless or until my own creations can pay for them, and especially if other people who create at the upper ends of the “hobby” level took that attitude, nobody would pay for music or movies anymore.
Matt Burns wrote about a situation at his son’s school last week that could have happened almost anywhere in the United States. The school had organized a career day, and his son, who is seven years old, told his teachers he wanted to be a video game designer one day. His teacher’s response was not to be enthusiastic, but rather to dismiss the goal, saying that his son should instead get a real job.
I wish that this was a truly rare occurrence, but it is not. Makers, from creatives to scientists and programmers, continue to lack the social status in America that is typical of other professions. Everyone loves entrepreneurship, but few people seem to want their kids or family to go in that direction – even in the epicenter of the Bay Area.
Is Creativity A Hobby Or A Profession?
The creative economy is supposedly taking over, and…
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