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Artists Making a Difference and Growing Older

The NYC Housing Lottery at the moment doesn’t look terrific for artists. The clouds are there and we are filming them, but looking to the heavens doesn’t seem to change our circumstance. Why is that? The Pandemic? Could be. There are other life and death problems that are focused on leaving  us creative types in the lurch.

So what is the solution? If an artist is living a marginal life with virtually no income, there is a chance she or he has access to programs that are meant for low income individuals.

All the rest of us who are on artistic paths must carry on with our work to help the people. Helping others is our lot in life, which is a good thing since we are fortunate to not have the worries of those who do not have much.

The Irony of Indoors

So in the middle of this Pandemic many people are staying in to avoid catching the virus and maybe dying from it. It’s literally a life and death issue. But wonder if you do not have somewhere to be inside? What do you do then.

Congratulations, there is a way in, the poorer you are the better. The city will not only give you food but an apartment, all this free if you are penniless. Or maybe you are working but not at a well paying job? Again the city can help you! You just have to make sure your level of income is low enough.

What do we have to learn about this in regards to artists such as filmmakers, dancers, fine artists and so on? This truly is one of the few times it is good to be a starving artist!

Actualize Your Goals

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hang On

Are you experiencing inner pain about your business and career? Are you undergoing a bit of a breakdown as well as the sensation that  you are at the end of your rope? Well as President Roosevelt once said “…Tie a knot in it and hang on.”

Easily Actualize Your Goals

It can sometimes seem like the goals you have for yourself are too large to actualize. it helps to write down your long term goals and then to break these into tinier steps, next making even shorter steps under the tiny ones and so on, as detailed as you need. Once you have done this it can be easier to actualize your goals!

Good News

And here’s an interesting insight. No one else is better than you are, and unless someone is a sociopath, they experience the same feelings of insecurity that you do. It’s just that they push through these feelings and move forward anyway.

Have You Considered Going Outside of the City?

The KEY to living outside of the city as in this image, is to do a digital analysis of what you do creatively.

Outside of the Metropolis

Chances are you have considered going outside of the city with your artist housing. You may have even looked at places but couldn’t get over wanting to be directly in Manhattan. If you’re like me, even with everything that is going on, the Big Apple is my choice and only choice. But as I analyze the situation I begin to be able to see myself outside of the metropolis. Why now? Because of what is going on in America and our fine cities throughout the U.S.  To combat the confusion, explore digital like at DIYdigi.com. Even giving this though. the revolution is something to not take lightly.

Opening Doors

Let’s face it. There is a revolution happening. And in some ways it is a war zone with two sides. This makes your city our ours a less desirable place to be. Even if you believe in one side of the battle, you will clearly have problems getting anyone to come to your creative business or open the doors for you as an artist.

Take a Stab On the “Outside”

So the big question is, can you undergo digital transformation. If yes, then it would be easier to be outside of your favorite city.  Also, there’s still not a lot happening out there in terms of business. What is digital transformation? A simple way to think about it, although there’s more to it, is to ask yourself what components of what you do can be done digitally? The more that you can do digitally, the bigger your chances of succeeding even though living outside of Manhattan or wherever you live.

Dream of Artist Housing is Lost

A Dream Alone

It’s been 20 days since our last installment for this website dedicated to locating and creating housing lottery. We’ve had some successes but also a lot of losses. At this moment in time our dream of artist housing is lost. And although no blame is being put elsewhere but our dream alone is not enough.

Neighborhood with Opera Singers

We were seeking artist housing both for ourselves and others but we have it easier than most. We live in a beautiful part of Manhattan. I guess you could say we live in an artistic part of the city shared by musicians, filmmakers and opera singers.

No Sunlight

Even in this COVID-19 world we have been luckier than most. For nearly 3 months we have not gone outdoors. Except from dropping off recycling at bin 6 feet from the outside backdoor, we have not seen sunlight for as long.

A Question for You

I guess the question goes out to you. Are you still interested in establishing artist housing?

Being a Covid-19 Artist

It’s Hard Enough

It’s hard enough being an artist seeking housing in a big city, but it is even tougher being  a creative individual during a metropolis pandemic.

Better Times?

Our hearts go out to all practitioners of expression in these unusual days. People are losing work everywhere but especially in the case of those who have been bitten by a dream and were finding it hard enough acquiring shelter in so-called better times.

Temporary Solutions?

Our hope is that you won’t give up. But if you’ve had to leave the city for survival reasons we understand. Those of you who have left we hope to see you again soon. Peace be with you.

Is Housing in the Mind?


24/7
If you are living in New York City during this time then you know about the challenges of staying indoors 24/7 has on a person.

Progress
We have not made a lot of headway on the NYC Housing Lottery goal for artists, but we have discovered that creatives are very good at coping with COVID-19.

Creative Wherever You Go
Congratulations to artists of New York who have made good use of this time on their work. No matter where you live, you bring your creativity with you.

Be Creative About Pursuing Housing Options

Sometimes getting affordable housing is like solving a puzzle.


Managing the Challenge

Bottom line this website comes up on search engines as a place to get artist housing. For those of you who have not been following us, we’d determined that artist housing is very hard to find in New York. Even more difficult than other types such as being over 55 and so forth.

Position Yourself to Succeed

So what to do in this predicament? If you are a creative person looking for a comfortable home we will refer you to a few possibilities that you may not have heard of. The idea is to get on as many lists as possible. This way, through diversification, you stand a better chance of hitting the jackpot. For example age can sometimes play a part. Our friends at Over 50 USA say there is even housing for those 55 and above. The point is to to determine your niche and go for it.

Low Wages Can Be a Positive

And for those of you who have an income on the lower end, getting housing is all the easier because most of it has at least a section of their structure dedicated to folks who are earning low or no wages.

Options Available

Or if your goal is to buy, try this which is called Mitchell-Lama housing and more.

Middle Range Income

Having no hard proof of the following statement, we believe that getting good housing in New York unless you are near poverty level is tough. Though there are purchasing and rental opportunities in the city, if you make a middle range income, they will try to get much higher prices out of you.

Leave Room for What You Love

So be careful what you get yourself into. Artists need time for their work and not always trying to make a living with other kinds of work. Again, get on as many lists as possible so you have those home options that can lower your overall budget.

As the government states it on their housing website:

“Finding affordable housing opportunities that you may be eligible for by using tools on this site. They create affordable rent-stabilized apartments for households at a wide range of income levels and sizes.”

But they also say:

“Note: Applicants with a housing voucher or rental subsidy may still qualify even if they make less than the minimum income limits listed in a lottery advertisement.”

Leverage Being a Starving Artist

So if you truly are a starving artist with no or low income this could be your jackpot in terms of New York City housing opportunities.

Special thanks to Platinum PIAs for their input on this post.

Artist Housing: Stay on Track

Lady Liberty looks out for artists!


NYC Connections

We seek to help “starving artists” to succeed through first getting a good roof over their heads. If you have been wildly searching the internet for opportunities we will soon reveal one of the best places online to search for renting or buying if you live in New York City. Our thanks to NYC Create for giving us this information.

Finding the Right Housing

The thing that you need are tools and these can be found on the web. Income is key in this. If you have less, you get more for your money. There are portals you can explore to find and apply for opportunities that could set you up with the housing that is just right for you. Looking for housing can be stressful so you might want to consider Yoga as a solution.

Art and Technology

Artists often want to just focus on their art, and this is noble. In fact, you can merely move to a low cost community outside of the urban life and find ways to lower your costs considerably. The problem with this though comes in if you thrive for the sights, sounds and culture of the city as well as do an art form that relies on technology.

Know Your Options

So if you are going to stick to the city, then you need affordable housing option that you may be eligible for which include affordable rent-stabilized apartments for households at a wide range of income levels and sizes.

Improving Your Luck

It’s all about lotteries which is all about luck, but that luck can be increased by the more times you seek out options.

Which Way is Best?

Essentially, there are two ways that you can apply for housing, both rental and purchase. Those two ways are of course by snail mail or online. Some say that snail mail is going to get you a better result, but there is no hard and fast proof of this. Keep the faith about whichever way you decide and possibly look to Yoga as a way to “deal” throughout.

Sometimes No Need for a Credit Report

Your housing quest is going to entail a lot of reading and writing. Also, some agencies now will take proof of a positive 12 months of rental payment, rather than doing a credit check. Overall, you need to have a strategic approach like the one deconstructed at NYC Create.

A Possible Solution

Getting frustrated with finding housing opportunities in New York City? Go here and this could solve a lot of your problems. Whether you want to rent or buy, Fill out the form and submit it as well as look at various options for housing.

Make Not a Lot of Money?

As always, you will be rewarded for the less income you make, therefore it is perfect for artists who consider themselves of the starving variety! Oh, and there’s even a video you can watch to start you on your journey at the Housing Connect Page.

How to Make Money as an Artist

Artist Survival

First off, we’d like to give a shoutout and thanks to NYC AIM and NYC Workshops, two entities that work very hard on making life easier for artists. Which brings me to the crux of what I am going to be discussing today: survival of artists of any kind.

Why Not Choose It?

Maybe I’ve been pursuing this thing in a backward fashion. I have been looking at it as being housing for artists, assuming that they are not rich. But why can’t they become rich?

Another Pathway

If they did so this would make it a lot easier to find good artist digs, because they’d have the cash to buy it. So instead of seeking affordable artist housing, maybe a better path to travel on is to up the dollar amount you’re bringing in.

They Title Says it All

And as luck would have it, a project I’ve been working on with both NYC AIM and NYC Workshops is a tutorial entitled “How to Make Money as an Artist.” By collaborating on this we’ve really come up with some terrific ideas.

Does it Need to Have 50?

The long term plan is to work with the new group USA eLearning to convert our notes into either an online course, an email course or an eBook. All formats seem suitable. At this point we have less than 50 strategies. We’d really like to have 50 because it is a nice substantial number. Also, it is a number that would work well if we were to teach an NYC Workshop.

More Promising Outcomes

As a result of our meeting yesterday, we all dug deeply within ourselves to come up the tactics. We are all of the belief that one of the reason that there is such a thing as a “Starving Artist” is due largely in part because many artists don’t know an alternative approach to their lives with more promising fiscal outcomes.

Encompass Both

This was the core of the whole ArtisticPreneur idea that many of you know about and that was taught to participants of NYC AIM. An ArtisticPreneur is part artistic person and part entrepreneur. The two ends of the spectrum don’t have to be mutually exclusive. They can be one and the same in the mind, heart and ambitions of a person.

Which Side of the Brain are You?

Just because you may be more right brain oriented with creativity and the arts, doesn’t mean you can’t sometimes function with more of the left side of your brain performing tasks that have to do with logic, such as in science and mathematics. And in this case, math is money!

How do You Get Your Copy?

But once it is done, this is going to be one of the places it will first be announced. Because again, this might be a better approach overall in terms of securing artist housing. Instead of having low cast artist housing which is only available to the very poor, why not consider the other approach which is to make more ducats!