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Is there a strict timeline for art-making in order to be considered a legit artist?

It will continue to blow our minds that up to this day and age, we face some sort of discrimination or micro-aggression for the things we choose, do, think, and feel. Take this issue, for example: There is now prejudice being directed at artists who take their time with their craft, with one Filipino social media user claiming that if you haven’t created or posted in for a long while, then you are not considered a True Artist™.

We’re actually chalking this up to the OP’s need to make an engagement on his page, so okay. You got more than 6,000 engagements on your post. You do you.

A lot of the replies on the post, which the OP has since closed off to public commenting, seem to disagree with his hot take.

First of all, what even is this argument? We, as humans, get tired of the things we do, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t love what we do.  Life is already hard as it is so we should no longer be questioned with our choices when it comes to career, life, passion, etc. Everything can be done at our own pace. Why must everything be a competition for some? Also, how sure are we that everyone is in the same pace, timeline, situation as the OP?

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Secondly, if it’s a passion project you’re working on, then why is there a need to rush? Creating great art can take time and that’s okay. It doesn’t mean you are off track if you don’t get to create everyday or every week. No one has the right to dictate how and how long you create your own art. This is not a race.

Lastly, no artist is doing what they do now just because they want to attain a label. Sure, some do it as a means of living, but most artists just want a safe space, a way to be able to express themselves that’s true to how they really feel. Not everything needs a label, and it’s certainly crappy gatekeeping to demote someone just because you do things differently.

Respect the process of people creating their art.

 

/VT

 

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