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How do I cultivate an artistic career when the financial incentive is secondary or in some cases detrimental to the principles of my values

I have made a conscious decision to make more of my passions and abilities. I am at the beginning stages of starting a family, and cannot realistically raise children and support my wife to be on my current wage. I do not wish to invest any more of myself in a career I resent purely to meet these financial pressures, I want to invest my time and energy in the things I am truly passionate about, however believe that the necessity to create for a financial gain is detrimental to the creativity itself. The saturation of creative markets with people trying to make a living out of their arts means that just creating is no longer a viable lifestyle choice, without the sacrifice of the woman I love and the family we hope to build. I do not want to abandon the fundamental principles I have about the value of art being greater than that of money, but not at the expense of my family. Compromise?


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    Jun 20 2013: There is no easy answer here I know although I cannot help but feel many good points were brought-up here, many I agree with and make perfect sense to me. I suggest before bringing a child into the world, you both make a decision whether or not starting a family is an option for you two at this stage in the game or ever...
    • Jun 20 2013: I agree the question is complex, and the answer ultimately lies with me and my lady. The fact is that we both know we want to raise a family, not right away, but at sum point, hence the dilemma. I have for most of my life stuck vehemently to my principles, and find myself at a point now where those principles could stand in the way of the life we hope for. This has so far been a forum for insight, which is exactly what I was looking for.
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        Jun 20 2013: It's good to see others reach-out for insight when they feel they need it. Whatever it is that you both decide I wish you all the happiness & success in the world!

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