How to Survive as an Underemployed Artist

Self Portrait by Tommaso Minardi (1807)

A student group in the Arts Division at the university where I teach asked faculty to comment on what we did to survive if we’d ever gone through periods of unemployment. I have, but these words are based on others’ strategies, too—things I gleaned while borrowing and lending and sharing resources with artists who had less parental support than I had.



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Ben Leeds Carson

Data-driven piano music. Post-secondary public education. Post-primary public wellness. Mindlessness therapy. <>