Oh who hasn’t enjoyed some variation on this old chestnut? You want to be creative? You better have something to ‘fall back on.’ You best have a ‘real job.’
Watercolour artist Joyce Faulknor, speaking to ArtistsNetwork.TV, explains her origins as an artist.
I’ve always thought of myself as an artist. In my house everyone painted so I thought, ‘well, of course I’m an artist.’ Little did I know I had little talent. But I remember back in third grade my teacher handed out these cards and she said, “write down what you’d like to be when you grow up.” And I wrote ‘artist’ of course. And she handed it back and said, “No, I want you to put in a real profession.”