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November 22, 2021

Should you follow your dream and become an artist or get a “real job”?

Above: Australian entertainers, Hamish and Andy photographed using my classic 4 light setup. When I was a kid, if someone asked me “And what do you want to do when you grow up Gina?” my answer was always the same. “I’m going to be an artist.” I always got the same response, a small knowing smile, that I interpreted as “Wow, how cool. Everyone should be an artist. It’s like, the best thing ever!” It wasn’t until I was in my mid-to-late teens that well-meaning friends and family started to comment on my career choice. “Yes, but what are you going to do to make money dear? Art isn’t a real job. It’s a hobby.” Or… “Don’t become an artist, you’ll end up starving in a garret.” This confused me because I didn’t know what a garret was. (It’s a small living space, like an attic.) Luckily for me, I’m a rebel...

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