Before my career at St. Edward’s University, I created a self-portrait piece for photographer and casting agent Kevin Amato. In collaboration with Kevin, I wanted to produce a piece that would portray a specific story and raw emotions. The drawing contains significance such as self-confliction of masculine and feminine perspectives. Also, the artwork showcases the relations between the human species and Mother Nature. The hair is combined of whimsical flowers, showcasing my natural desires to be free and embrace the femininity within. The leaves falling from the face represents disconnectivity of complying with natural elements. The tear drops on each facial expression showcase the raw emotions of frustration, confusion, sorrow, and acceptance; acceptance of masculinity at a vulnerable state of being.
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In the mornings, till noon, my schedule maintains a consistent routine; I wake up
around the same time and prep for school/work. I like to start my day off with
consistency because it sets the overall tonnage for how the week will end.
As the day continued, I noticed my schedule was packed with an abundance amount of work load. I enjoyed the concentration of getting assignments completed for all my classes. Majority of the day is dedicated towards school and freelance work. One aspect I did notice about my schedule is it begins to shift a little as time gets closer towards night.
The night arrives and my schedule becomes a tad bit scattered. For the majority, I tend to know the tasks which need completion before I am able to sleep. Relaxation and taking a break in between work load is still significant. Therefore, my schedule becomes looser for the sake of my sanity. A strict time managed regimen throughout the week is not my ideal lifestyle. Also, I believe nights is more suited for comfortability because they tend to run longer than days (depending if one chooses to stay up late than wake up earlier).
The latter hours, from PM to AM, are the trickiest because they test my abilities and deep intuitions. More days of the week I will stay up past 2 am, sacrificing sleep to have more time for my true aspirations/desires such as creating for personal projects. I am currently trying to utilize more of these hours for every day of the week. Honestly, where’s the fun in living if I sleep life away? I love to appreciate all hours of the week and try my best to live in the moment (losing track of time). Tracking my time concluded my realization that time is insignificant to living, yet made me feel the need to abide by a certain standard.
Time is the real enemy not space aliens. Time abducts our memories, it turns our brains into mush. It performs creepy experience on our bodies…
- Bill Brown from Roswell Documentary
Quotations/contributions included: Bill Brown
(Discussing relations between artists and entrepreneurs).
1. What are the main points of each article?
The main points of each article are showcasing the relationship between artists and entrepreneurs. The article from Fortune provides valid evidence of how the two careers correlate by showcasing examples of arts and cultural leaders in the World Economic Forum. Tim Leberecht attaches significant characteristics (twelve) of an artist to convey its leadership atmosphere, while Amit Gupta from Huffington Post directly combines artist and entrepreneurs in a description to later differentiate its core.
2. What can artists learn from their “entrepreneurial cousins”?
Artists can learn how to organize and create a system of work expanding further away from just a creative standpoint. Many freelance artists also do not finance their projects as well as their entrepreneurial cousins because one may become vulnerable to their artistic worth.
3. Do you agree that artists are entrepreneurs? why?
I do agree that artists are entrepreneurs because the demand for the arts is never ending. With the right connections, an independent artist has the ability to shift a cultural viewpoint in a powerful way. This type of demand leads to the artist having an opportunity become successful entrepreneurs and capitalize off a stream of options.
4. Which of the 12 characteristics of artists do you agree with?
I agree most with “Artists are like children” because one must put oneself in a vulnerable, imaginary state, only with more strategic thinking (this comes naturally as one matures).
5. What others would you add to the list?
Artists are psychopaths. As unpleasant as it sounds, artists become disconnected with a sense of reality and begin to reside their consciousness in other realities. Disconnection can cause one to become emotionless, passionate, or rather unsure about Western conformity of time.
6. Additional thoughts.
The contrast between artists and entrepreneurs is unorthodox because a person can temporarily deplete a job conformity to succeed in another. Therefore, is being an artist any different from understanding the core of entrepreneurs or is it another attempt to limit one’s ability to become self-dependent?
(Discussing relations between artists and entrepreneurs.)
1. Do you have grit, or is this something you need to work on?
I tested a 4.38 in the Grit Test. The test calculated that I am grittier than 90% of the United States population. I definitely believe this statement as the past year I’ve watched myself become more committed to achieving my goals, a long-term relationship, and many aspirations. I still need to work on allowing minor set backs discourage me from my overall vision.
2. List a couple of things you could do to increase your level of grit
- Turning my weaknesses and utilizing them as lessons for strength and endurance.
- Consistently pushing my “limitations” and sacrificing daily comfort.