“People working in the arts engage in street combat with The Fraud Police on a daily basis, because much of our work is new and not readily or conventionally categorized. When you’re an artist, nobody ever tells you or hits you with the magic wand of legitimacy. You have to hit your own head with your own handmade wand. And you feel stupid doing it.
There’s no “correct path” to becoming a real artist. You might think you’ll gain legitimacy by going to university, getting published, getting signed to a record label. But it’s all bullshit, and it’s all in your head. You’re an artist when you say you are. And you’re a good artist when you make somebody else experience or feel something deep or unexpected.”
4 thoughts on “Inspiration Monday: Amanda Palmer”
great quote – suddenly Amanda Palmer is everywhere I look. Until about 3 weeks ago I’m not sure I’d ever heard of her. Lucky her to be with Neil Gaiman! or not – love his mind, not sure how he is to live with. She seems pretrty eccentric herself. [ð]
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I knew of her as a musician but I didn’t know she had written a book until yesterday. It is a great quote, so true.
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I love Amanda Palmer. I read her blog pretty regular for a long time (she slowed down since she got pregnant, understandably) — one of my all time favorite posts: http://blog.amandapalmer.net/why-i-am-not-afraid-to-take-your-money-by-amanda/ I have her book, too. I really enjoy her writing.
I haven’t read the book yet but it’s on my TBR list. I’m glad to get your rec.