Category Archives: What is Meant by the Word Artist?

Are You an Artist Who is an Entrepreneur or an Entrepreneur Who is an Artist?

In Order to Be Creative Do You Have to Be Bad at Business?

For those of you just joining us, the NYC Housing Lottery is a way that individuals, such as visual or performing artists, can be matched with a housing opportunity. This is especially important to artists.

Why is this vital for creatives? The reason is because they often require the ability to focus on their art which can involve both learning processes as well as the creation of the art itself.

The creative individuals who do the best in terms having both creative and financial success, tend to do so by looking at their creative ventures as having an entrepreneurial component.

Craft is Needed Both for Creating Art or Creating a Company

Many think, including the artists themselves, that in order to make great art also requires not having to bothered with thinking about business. Yes, throughout history there were often patrons who would help support creatives.

But when reading about these artists, one thing they seem to have in common is an inner drive. And it is this drive that can be harnessed to not only do their art, but also can keep them focused on productivity and sales of their work.

The reality is that many of the best-known creatives living today, are able to both make art and money. The two are not exclusive of each other. You see, from both a scientific and psychological perspective, the same motivation to create can simultaneously be applied to business as well.

In short, there is no need to be a “Starving Artist” to make art. People with money suffer too. And for the record, suffering is only one aspect of what visual, writing and performing artists can make art about.

wiznyc, the magician’s advocate speaks out about conjurers and housing

Prestidigitators Need a Place to Live Too

WizNYC considers himself to be an advocate for magicians, raising public awareness of wizardry not only being an art form, but consists of several of them all in one. Because a magician is a producer, director, writer and actor. The Wizter has the personal mission to broaden the opportunities and awareness for New York artists who are conjurers, as applies to them securing affordable housing.

Not Just Entertainers

There is evidence to support that magicians are some of the least appreciated artists in America. Even calling finger flingers “Artists” causes hesitation on the part of some bloggers who believe that magicians are not a part of the creative arts because they are really just entertainers.

Benefits for Those Seen as Creative

This effort to strip magicians of being viewed as artists has stolen from them national and local government opportunities in terms of benefits that members of other art forms continually receive.

The Search

After analyzing multiple unsuccessful challenges to secure housing for artists, it was determined that the primary problem they faced was knowing what kind of artist should be focus when searching for affordable housing?

Matching Creators

Helping “Artists” appears to be a troublesome word to use because it is too general and only leads to missed chances of matching creators with a good place to live for their life and work.

Chelsea Manhattan is an Oasis for Dancers and Classical Musicians

For example, it is rumored that in a specific building in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, there is reduced cost housing available for artists, but specifically only for professional classical musicians.

The Last Word

This issue was not anticipated when the Blog Coalition member site NYChousingLottery.com was first launched. WizNYC pointed out that:

“It gets confusing because there are so many different kinds of artists, so the question continually becomes exactly what kind of artist should housing be designated for?”