January 5, 2011

Some Cool Thoughts From a Cool Artist on Being an Artist

Got an email today from Behance.com newsletter.  Within the email, was an article "Francis Ford Coppola: On Risk, Money, Craft & Collaboration".   It was a question/answer interview with Mr. Coppola by Ariston Anderson.

The question, or I should say answer, that most got my attention, was the answer to the question "How does an aspiring artist bridge the gap between distribution and commerce?"

His first answer to the question was to remind us that back in the day, Artists didn't get paid...they had a patron.  If they didn't have a patron, they earned their money via another job.  In Coppola's case, he's very content that he makes his money in the wine business, and then can do his artistic thing in film on his own dime and vision.

The next question/answer section that most got my attention was the question "What's the best piece of advice you've given to your children, inside and outside of the industry?"  In his answer he stated "It is very important for an artist not to lie, and most important is not to lie to yourself."  in addition to "Always make your work be personal."

To check out the full interview go to "http://trigger.actionmethod.com/pyy.stc/TSOUaPZZXSlBzr19B969f"

Good stuff.

Later,

Mike