Small Fish. Small Pond.
I often meet with young artists who tell me they are going to move because their town is some total shithole. They aren’t wrong per se, but I always give them the same advice… stay home until it hurts.
Don’t get me wrong. I see the move to a big city like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles as a really positive career step. If you want to work in the arts it is in some ways inevitable, but when you are starting out these moves can be costly and demoralizing.
Conventional wisdom is that you must move to a bigger city for bigger gains. That the goal should be the broadest possible audience, but moving to a larger market without a body of experience leaves you at the starting gate. It becomes easy to feel lost and rudderless, you shut down and get defined by your drudgery. The first step should be staying put until it’s absolutely unbearable, building your network locally before drowning...
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